The telecommunications industry faces a talent shortage that poses serious threats to the nation’s ability to expand wireless broadband coverage in urban, suburban, and rural areas and to build 5G networks. 5G is expected to create 4.6 million new jobs in next fifteen years and we need to invest in training talent for these jobs in a timely manner . Registered Apprenticeship is a proven solution for quickly and efficiently recruiting, training, and retaining world-class telecommunications talent in good quality jobs.
“The growing demand for greater connectivity and advanced networks in the U.S. requires more highly skilled telecommunications workers than ever before. It is critical that industry, in partnership with government, continues to expand on efforts to develop, implement, and promote broadband workforce training opportunities. With the DOL’s support, we provide meaningful career pathways within the telecommunications industry to help meet this demand through our Registered apprenticeship program."
Patrick Halley, WIA President and CEO
Telecommunications Industry Resources
- Telecommunications Factsheet
- Urban Apprenticeship Jobs Program
- Telecommunications Industry Apprenticeship Program
- Wireless Infrastructure Association
- Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council
- "Skills Gap in Wireless Infrastructure Industry" — A Study Paper
 The Third Wave: How 5G Will Drive Job Growth Over the Next Fifteen Years. Apprenticeship is your proven solution for quickly and efficiently recruiting, training, and retaining world-class telecommunications talent.
 The numbers represent apprentices from multiple industries in telecommunications related occupations.