Words on Wireless - TIRAP, 5G, Veterans and Partnerships

Learning Alliance Tower Program Becomes TIRAP Pre-Apprenticeship

Learning Alliance has created a Tower Technician 1 fundamentals program that corresponds to the Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprentice Program model. The program has been designed to give students 130 hours out of the 160 needed for TIRAP. Read more about TIRAP.

Helping Veterans with their 1990/1995

Over the last week we had some changes in how we monitor and control the Verification of Benefits portion of the enrollment pipeline. By ensuring that each Veteran has a means of communication to obtain their benefit verification, we have streamlined the approach to filling our classes. Read more about the VA Form 1990/1995 process.

Selling Tower Careers to the Next Generation Workforce

With 43% of the workforce ages 45+, the industry knows a large percentage of the skilled labor force will soon be hitting retirement. Companies know this, and they are having difficulty filling their positions with the next generation workforce that could overcome their skill gap. Read more about the Skills Gap in the US.

New Learning Alliance Partnerships

We have partnered with a number of companies over the last few months. You can read more about these companies by navigating the below list.

SBA and Vertical Bridge Put NWSA “Cert” Requirements in MSAs

The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) announced yesterday that SBA Communications and Vertical Bridge are placing NWSA certification requirements for technicians working on their respective sites and networks in their Master Service Agreements (MSAs). Read More

Learning Alliance and WIA Discuss the Benefits of a Veteran Hiring Program

When it comes to recruiting as a wireless company, you must realize that diversification is necessary to the success of your hiring. Tailoring a specific message to different demographics allow you to identify with that group of people on a different level than just a broad message. When it comes to veterans, you must understand their mindset. By building a veteran hiring program, you can unlock the strength of this group of people and hire those that stay with you long term. So, what is a veteran hiring program? Read more

What is 5G?

The race to 5G is on. All four major US carriers now have some form of 5G wireless, although it’s all limited rollouts in only a few cities, using expensive phones that won’t support future nationwide 5G networks.  Read more

Monitoring the Race to 5G

5G is the next generation of wireless networks. It’s not just faster—lower latency and more flexibility mean it could start an era of augmented reality, self-driving vehicles, and other applications we haven’t dreamed of yet. It’s going to take years to realize 5G’s potential. Every month here at PCMag, we’ll track which carrier is ahead on coverage, devices, and speed to show you who’s leading in the race to 5G. Read more