On the heels of Tuesday night’s State of the Union address, the White House issued a statement highlighting President Trump’s plan to provide jobs, education, and training for “cutting-edge” areas like 5G. “I applaud the President for prioritizing training and education for in-demand 5G jobs. Ensuring a 5G-ready workforce will enable the United States to win the race to 5G and reap the benefits that advanced wireless services will bring,” said WIA President/CEO Jonathan Adelstein. “This focus on equipping the workforce with the skills of the future will continue to position the United States as a global leader in 5G.”
To address the 5G workforce skills gap, WIA brought apprenticeships into the wireless industry with theTelecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP). TIRAP is focused on 5G apprenticeships and is a Department of Labor-credentialed program. WIA is the national sponsor of TIRAP.
In the statement, President Trump calls on Congress to support, “vocational training at every single high school in America.” The President is “encouraging private-sector investments with his Pledge to America’s Workers, prompting more than 400 companies to pledge jobs and educational opportunities for nearly 15 million American workers,” says the WIA. This includes training in cutting-edge areas like artificial intelligence, quantum computing, cybersecurity, and secure 5G so workers are able to thrive in the jobs of tomorrow, according to the White House.
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