Urban Apprenticeship Jobs Program

Be empowered for the job you love

  • Strong network of 7 affiliates
    Expanding to additional affiliates soon
  • Job readiness apprenticeship program
    Creates a reliable pipeline of skilled talent
  • Industry Leading Partners
    Bring an established track record of success

Apprenticeship Opportunities

Affiliates Network

Employers Network

Sponsorship Opportunities

About Program

UAJP’s goal is to create Registered Apprenticeships in vocations focused on building, repairing and servicing the nation’s wireless infrastructure, which in turn will create livable wage jobs for underrepresented populations. To meet the demand for apprenticeable occupations, additional candidates must be considered. Working with employer partners, WIAAI will evaluate options intended to broaden outreach and access to additional candidates and seek to find means to supplement employer recruiting efforts.

The Urban Apprenticeship Jobs Program supports the diverse community of companies that make up the nation’s wireless ecosystem by providing its members and the industry with dedicated resources, advocacy, expertise and networking through a variety of activities and events. One such event is the Annual Wireless Infrastructure Show and Supplier Diversity Summit.

Apprenticeship Opportunities

Programs designed to cultivate opportunities in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector.

Wireless Infrastructure Apprenticeship Access Initiative (WIAAI) Consortium

Top 5 Benefits of Registered Apprenticeship for Businesses

1) Reliable Pipeline: RA creates a reliable pipeline of skilled talent for specific business needs. In particular, the on-the-job training feature of RA ensures that the apprentice is trained for the specific skills that are needed and desired by the employer.

2) Recruitment and Retention: The RA model improves recruitment and, therefore, retention by enabling businesses to overcome recruitment challenges while at the same time achieving a higher retention rate at the end of the program by having a “trial run” with the prospect.

3) Industry Recognition and Commitment: Participation in RA enables businesses to be recognized in the industry and sets than apart from competition. Also, it reinforces their commitment to help improve American workforce.

4) Improves Global Competitiveness: RA strengthens the capacity of employers to compete in the global economy. Also, RA provides a unique platform to retain specialized job skills training. Many skills required for some unique occupations cannot be taught in the classroom and could become obsolete if RA model is not available.

5) Diversity Commitment: RA gives the employer a sense of belonging in an elite network of employers/businesses/industries who value the importance of investing in local and diverse workforce.


Value of Registering an Apprenticeship Program with DOL

1) Apprenticeships increase staff loyalty and retention: Apprenticeships encourage employees to think of their job as a career and to stay with the company for a longer period of time.

2) Apprenticeships free up existing staff time: As a business grows, existing staff often find their time is taken up by smaller task which could be delegated to an apprentice. This allows the apprentice to learn and assume more responsibility. Existing staff is then free to focus on key areas of their work.

3) Apprenticeships demonstrate a positive approach to Corporate Social Responsibility: A company that is willing to invest in people by supporting apprenticeships demonstrates a clear commitment to corporate social responsibility goals which is good for attracting both customers and future high-quality staff.

4) Standardizes Job Requirements: Defining occupations through DOL’s guideline helps standardize the job requirements for positions common across multiple industries.


How can Registered Apprenticeship help employers increase diversity in their workplace?

1) Connects Jobs and Communities: RA helps employers to increase overall diversity by connecting local communities with jobs that are unique to their geographic region which they understand better.

2) Facilitates Partnerships: RA helps employers to improve diversity in their workforce by partnering with Equity Partners like the National Urban League, which has affiliates located nationwide, and promoting the RA programs through their regional centers.

3) Pipeline of Diverse Candidates: Most employers have their own goals for diversity and inclusion, but they are not able to reach the numbers due to lack of qualified candidates. RA provides a unique opportunity to hire from a diverse talent pool, and train them through RTI and on-the-job training, increasing the likelihood that they will meet their diversity goals.


Other benefits of Registered Apprenticeship (for States, job seekers etc):

1) Lowers Unemployment: RA lowers the unemployment rate (county and state level)

2) Increases Median Salary and Tax Revenue: RA increases the median salary for the region (and in return increases tax revenue for local government)


Program Partners

NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE

The National Urban League is a historic civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment in order to elevate the standard of living in historically underserved urban communities. Founded in 1910 and headquartered in New York City, the National Urban League spearheads the efforts of its local affiliates through the development of programs, public policy research and advocacy. Today, the National Urban League has 88 affiliates serving 300 communities, in 36 states and the District of Columbia, providing direct services that impact and improve the lives of more than 2 million people nationwide.

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WIAAI

The Wireless Infrastructure Apprenticeship Access Initiative under the National Urban League’s Urban Apprenticeship Jobs Program is designed to cultivate opportunities in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector. The National Urban League leads a national group of organizations working with the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeships to develop national and regional “opportunity partnerships” that expand Registered Apprenticeships.

Two national partners – Wireless Infrastructure Association and Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC), along with seven Urban League Affiliates collectively have a wide variety of services and expertise that employers may consider as resources to support implementation and future expansion of their Registered Apprenticeship Program.

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WIA

The Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) represents the businesses that develop, build, own and operate the nation's wireless infrastructure. Members include wireless carriers, infrastructure providers, and professional services firms that collectively own and operate telecommunications facilities around the globe. Through public affairs and advocacy efforts – on the local, state and federal level – WIA works to support the widespread deployment of wireless infrastructure in order to enable wireless broadband everywhere.​

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MMTC

The Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC) is a non-partisan, national nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and preserving equal opportunity and social justice in the mass media, telecom and broadband industries, and closing the digital divide. With a 30-year track record of increasing diversity in media and telecommunications access, ownership, and employment, MMTC is generally recognized as the nation’s leading advocate for multicultural advancement in communications.

MMTC develops and implements the curriculum, technical assistance, and training and marketing materials for DOL-approved occupations under the WIAAI Consortium, and conducts program evaluation.​

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Workplace Diversity Consultation

A team of workplace diversity professionals provide private consultations to help assess employer needs, address challenges, and achieve desired workplace diversity and inclusion outcomes. Tools may include Affirmative Action Plan Guidance, EEO Fact Sheets, Webinars, and Process Checklists.

Other Resources

Learn about UAJP on homepage of US Department of Labor website

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Affiliates Network

Affiliates of the National Urban League are the centers of activity in and around their community. Found in 36 states across the U.S., including the District of Columbia. UAJP has been expanded to 7 affiliates across the nation and will be more than 35 in next 3 months.