The Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) highlighted the 2019 WIA Awards, honoring wireless workforce champions, including FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr, who is being recognized for his efforts to develop the wireless workforce necessary to deploy 5G. Hosted by the WIA Foundation, proceeds from the event will benefit wireless education, training, and apprenticeship programs. Carr, along with additional honorees to be announced in the near future, will be celebrated at the WIA Awards dinner on October 1, at the new Conrad Hotel in Washington, D.C. This is the second year WIA has hosted an awards benefit.
“5G networks are not building themselves and require specialized skills. That’s why we’re proud to celebrate wireless workforce champions as we continue the complex task of building 5G nationwide,” said WIA President/CEO Jonathan Adelstein. “Commissioner Carr has been instrumental in positioning America to win the global race to 5G through his focus on building a trained, safe wireless workforce.”
“America’s 5G workforce relies on training through apprenticeship programs like WIA’s Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP),” said WIA Vice President of Workforce Development and Executive Director of TIRAP Grant Seiffert. “We are proud of the progress TIRAP has made in a short period of time – with 25 employers and nearly 2,000 apprentices, we are poised to play an instrumental role in addressing the 5G skills gap.”
In connection with the event, WIA will also offer a 5G workshop training through its Telecommunications Education Center’s (TEC) 5G Outlook and Technologies Course. The workshop is open to event attendees and non-attendees. RSVP and sponsorship information for the WIA Awards and TEC’s 5G workshop training is available here: https://awards.wia.org.
August 5, 2019