NATE Statement on Introduction of Telecommunications Skilled Workforce Act in the U.S. Senate

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(Washington, D.C.) – NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association today issued the following statement on the introduction of the Telecommunications Skilled Workforce Act in the United States Senate:

“NATE applauds the leadership of Senators Thune, Tester, Moran, Peters and Wicker on introducing the Telecommunications Skilled Workforce Act in the United States Senate,” said Executive Director Todd Schlekeway. “NATE Chairman Jimmy Miller recently testified before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation on the workforce development challenges currently confronting the industry. NATE believes this bipartisan legislation is a strong response to the issues that were highlighted at the hearing and can serve as a springboard to fostering greater collaboration between the federal government and state workforce boards, identifying resources available to support higher education programs, attracting transitioning military veterans and expanding TIRAP apprenticeship participation. All of these provisions outlined in the legislation can accomplish the ultimate goal of identifying, recruiting and training a future pipeline of skilled technicians that is necessary in order to accomplish the country’s ambitious 5G and rural broadband deployment objectives,” added Schlekeway.

The Telecommunications Skilled Workforce Act addresses the workforce needs of the communications industry by outlining provisions associated with communications workforce guidance between the federal government and states, establishing an interagency working group and requiring a GAO assessment of the workforce needs estimated to deploy broadband infrastructure to rural areas and support the installation of 5G wireless technology. Visit HERE to watch Senator John Thune’s (R-SD) floor speech introducing the legislation.

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