Communications Workers of America District 9 has been awarded a $5.8 million grant to expand an apprenticeship training program for fiber technicians. The new program designation for fiber splicing technicians is intended to support the state’s federally funded fiber broadband rollout expansion, as part of the BEAD Program. The grant will offer an employer boot camp program as a recruiting tool, where prospective employers can experience the apprenticeship program. CWA is also pursuing funding to reimburse employers for apprentice wages and benefits, and is assisting with providing tools and PPE for program participants.
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