Here’s How Nokia, SAC Wireless Tackle The 5G Skills Gap


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As mobile operators in the U.S. begin to deploy 5G technology, there is a rapidly growing need for skilled, fully trained cell tower crews. While Nokia is working with operators to put the network infrastructure in place, its subsidiary, SAC Wireless, is laying the groundwork by recruiting and training military veterans for tower climber jobs.

 With training centers around the country, SAC Wireless offers veterans extensive, safety-focused training through its Warriors4Wireless program.

 Once their training is complete, military veterans re-enter the workforce with a cutting-edge skillset which will be used to deploy 5G.   

“Service men and women are eager to use the skills they learned in the military, and the rollout of 5G is an ideal opportunity to bring them into the telecom workforce,” said SAC Wireless CEO Cari Shyiak. “SAC is working hard to bridge the gap between the demand for qualified, trained technicians and the expected upsurge in demand as 5G networks are being deployed in the U.S. Our training centers offer specific tower climbing experience that supplements their experience, providing veterans a refreshed and productive career opportunity after their military service ends.”

 Nokia President of Customer Operations for the Americas, Ricky Corker, said: “Mobile operators need skilled, job-ready workers to climb cell towers and assemble and construct the equipment on top of these towers.” These workers, he said, are key to the industry and once trained through SAC Wireless, they are immediately deployable for the 5G tower construction industry.

July 2, 2019

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