Learning Alliance celebrates National Apprenticeship Week by announcing two new Registered Apprenticeship programs available to employers nationwide.
As a highlight of National Apprenticeship Week, Learning Alliance is excited to promote new ways of collaboration with apprenticeship employers, intermediaries, and colleges.
Learning Alliance recently received approval from the Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship in Washington DC for two occupations at the national level: Telecommunications Tower Technician and Wind Turbine Technician. Learning Alliance currently trains in house for both occupations at the pre-apprenticeship level but can now extend formalized training to participating employers to further strengthen their workforce. By partnering with intermediaries, colleges, universities, and employers, we aim to articulate program expansion across a wide variety of verticals.
“We understand the needs of both these growing industries, and it is our focus to provide apprenticeships and workforce development in both telecommunications & renewable energy. Eight employers across 17 states in the telecommunications and renewable energy sectors have already signed on in support for Learning Alliance as a sponsor of these registered apprenticeship programs.” said Amy Lesniak, Director of Continuing education at Learning Alliance (LACSE)
The FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr consistently points out that 20,000 jobs are needed to be filled within the wireless industry. Intermediaries like WIA, the main sponsor of the Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP), provide robust solutions towards workforce development initiatives. They highlighted the strength of their programs for National Apprenticeship Week (see an example) As a pre-apprenticeship provider for TIRAP, LAC is proud to have graduated hundreds of participants since Oct. of 2019 who satisfy 110 out of 130 hours of related technical instruction completed within the pre-apprenticeship framework.
Other intermediaries, such as TechQuest Apprenticeships, helps organizations, colleges, universities, and employers expand apprenticeship initiatives. Partnering with them, LAC has been able to provide NWSA TT1 certification preparation courses to all graduating alumni. This includes courses, virtual reality simulations, and knowledge checks for various needed skills to pass the exam.
By building employer partnerships and collaborations, like the NextTech Diversity Program with T-Mobile, LAC is devoted to a mission of expanding diversity, equity, and inclusion into the industry. This year LAC supported 50 NextTech Diversity graduates through telecom, wireless, and 5G related programs that has led to high skill, high wage jobs. These graduates also left with TIRAP pre-apprenticeship competencies completed, and will also receive all needed related technical instruction access, including virtual related, to prepare for their NWSA TT1 exams.
Learning Alliance does not only serve as sponsor for Telecom, Wind and IT; next year registered apprenticeship programs will expand into manufacturing, automotive, marketing, multimedia, and construction across the state of Florida, with the capacity to accommodate expansion across additional industries. As a program sponsor, Learning Alliance takes the administrative burden off of employers maintaining the program.
Last, LAC is working on initiatives with multiple community college partners, such as Clark University and Martinsburg College, to expand telecommunications related programs at the continued education and degree level.
“We are committed to helping train and build a better telecommunications workforce through technology, apprenticeships, and collaborations among coalition partners. Clark University will help energize this important initiative by providing support through existing and expanded relationships among Tech Quest’s partners,” said Dug Jones, Program Director of Workforce Grants, Clark University.
“Working with great intermediaries, industry subject matter experts, colleges, and universities allow us to expand our infrastructure, curriculum, and assets to support specified industry demands. By listening to employers, we can better serve communities to increase retention and apprentice upward mobility as a whole,” said Cesar Ruiz, President and CEO of LAC. “By delivering diversity, equity and inclusion across the apprenticeship framework, we won’t stop.”
Learning Alliance will be present on the TechQuest Apprenticeship Industry Council, an open forum of topic discussion, to discuss apprenticeship initiatives and how they impact employers and their apprentices.
About TechQuest Apprenticeships
Tech Quest Apprenticeship Consortium is a national consortium of businesses, higher education institutions, apprenticeship intermediaries and sponsors and local workforce development boards. Funded by the Department of Labor, we are accelerating the number of IT and IT-related pre-apprentices and apprentices; therefore, transforming the way workers enter the workforce.
Tech Quest Apprenticeship helps apprenticeship sponsors, intermediaries and businesses in communities across the country, from a variety of industry sectors, expand their workforce in high-demand, hard-to-fill tech-related positions by:
- Providing training funds
- Providing marketing collateral to engage employers and stakeholders
- Facilitate connections and conversations with you, employers and stakeholders
About the Wireless Infrastructure Association
The Wireless Infrastructure Association represents the companies that make up the wireless infrastructure ecosystem in the United States. Members include wireless carriers, infrastructure providers, and professional services firms that collectively own and operate more than 135,000 telecommunications facilities around the globe. Through public affairs and advocacy efforts – on the local, state and federal level – WIA works to support the widespread deployment of the wireless infrastructure in order to deliver broadband access to all citizens and communities.
The mission of the WIA is to help our members succeed in enabling wireless communications.
About Learning Alliance Corporation
Learning Alliance Corporation partners with businesses, colleges, and universities to bring U.S. Veterans and civilians stronger training initiatives that equate to solid career growth. By partnering with employers nationwide, Learning Alliance Corporation has created workshops, labs and simulation programs that align the theoretical concepts into real world application learning. This adaptable approach creates learning solutions based on the community specific goals, industry, staff skill level, and corporate culture. Learning Alliance Corporation provides quality instructors, who are highly trained and specialize in the areas they teach. Learn more at https://www.mylearningalliance.com.
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