Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP) and the National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) announced Tuesday they will “work together toward the goal of developing one aligned body of knowledge with common titling based on input and coordination between both groups,” according to a signed Memo of Understanding. The groups said they share the strategic objective of promoting skills development for telecommunications tower workers. “There is a natural synergy in the communication, coordination, and sharing of technical information between NWSA and TIRAP to ensure job position descriptions and requirements are consistent among the same positions,” according to the MOU.TIRAP was established in 2014 as a public-private partnership between leading wireless infrastructure companies, industry, associations, the U.S. Department of Labor and the FCC. The mission of the consortium is to develop apprenticeship programs and improve workplace quality, safety, address industry workforce needs, and provide workers with greater employment and advancement opportunities.
Scott Kisting, Senior Vice President at SABRE/MUTI Tower Service Co. and Chairman of the TIRAP Board of Directors, said, “It is my hope that our industry will use this as a means to recognize the efforts of so many to pass knowledge of the standards and the safety requirements on to our new and existing workers. Through consistency, we will help ensure that safe and quality installs are improved on each site by working with NWSA to allow for a uniform titling of positions.”
Jim Tracy, CEO of Legacy Telecommunications Inc. and chairman of the NWSA Board of Directors, added “The NWSA looks forward to working together towards a single uniform set of standards that support industry wide efforts including the validation of all worker training by a nationally available and accredited practical assessment.”