The Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) is on pace to sign up a total of 1,000 registered apprentices for the Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP).
TIRAP, a joint venture of telecom companies, associations and the U.S. Dept. of Labor, has developed two additional occupations to meet industry demand. The new occupations are: Maintenance and Condition Assessment Lead and Maintenance and Condition Assessment Foreman.
TIRAP gathered industry experts from around the country for a two-day meeting at the headquarters of Vertical Limit, which is an employer in the program, to finalize the above positions as well as work on other endorsements and occupations including Rigger 1, Rigger 2, Fiber Optic Technician, and Site Vegetation and Environmental Technician.
TIRAP develops DOL-credentialed apprenticeship programs available to qualified employers for career development of the telecommunications workforce.
Members of TIRAP’s Executive Board include Scott Kisting, Executive Vice President of Proactive Telecommunications Solutions, LLC; Art Pregler, Director of National Mobility Systems for AT&T; Beau Aero, President and Founder of GME Supply; Joel Hightower, Owner of Hightower Communications; David Sams, Vice President of Risk Management of SBA Network Services, Inc.; James Walker Pontius, Director of Network Operations for US Cellular; Jonathan Adelstein, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Wireless Infrastructure Association; Laurie Gebhardt, HQ Director of Network Engineering & Operations Support for Verizon Wireless; Kelley Dunne, President and Co-Founder of Warriors 4 Wireless; Paul Roberts, Vice President of Compliance for American Tower Corp.; and Richard Cullum, Program Manager – Special Projects of Crown Castle. With support from Stephanie Brewer, Compliance Coordinator for MUTI-Sabre Industries and Deb Bennett, Apprenticeship Director for WIA.