Workforce Development-Lesley Liarikos

September 1, 2020

Feature Article written by Lesley Liarikos

This year our NATE Board of Directors, Committee Members, and WIN Ambassadors and Liaisons were eagerly awaiting our 2020 Annual Summer Conference which was originally scheduled to take place at the Atlantis Resort in Nassau, Bahamas in mid-August. Unfortunately, due to the on-going COVID-19 Pandemic, NATE made the decision to officially postpone the event and will host next year’s 2021 Summer Conference at the same venue. This year’s Summer Conference took place via Zoom meeting.

Nevertheless, the Workforce Development Committee has continued to work diligently with its effort under the leadership of our Chairwoman, Dr. Gemma Frock. Dr. Frock has developed the Workforce Initiative Strategic Plan. One of the efforts of this plan was to collect data from our members. The Workforce Development Committee developed a Workforce Employer Survey. This survey was designed to gather information that will be meaningful to confirm the present and future workforce need. The Committee will use the information collected to develop vital strategies necessary to present to educational partners. The result will be to initiate educational programs to train the incoming telecom industry workforce to build and maintain the critical communications infrastructure and networks.

We are in the midst of changing times where the need for staying connected is most critical. As our new normal is filled with Zoom business meetings, virtual classrooms, and medical appointments, the need for the workforce to build and maintain communications networks is growing even more than anticipated.

As our country experiences record claims of unemployment due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, and many Americans have the necessity to return to work, we hope to encourage and attract people to the telecom industry. The telecom industry has not slowed down as other industries are suffering to sustain their businesses and keep their doors open. Telecom workers have always been essential workers, but now more than ever the necessity for them is crucial. 

 

To view this article in the Tower Times September – October 2020 publication, click here

Workforce Development-Lesley Liarikos

Feature Article written by Lesley Liarikos

Liarikos, Lesley #1

This year our NATE Board of Directors, Committee Members, and WIN Ambassadors and Liaisons were eagerly awaiting our 2020 Annual Summer Conference which was originally scheduled to take place at the Atlantis Resort in Nassau, Bahamas in mid-August. Unfortunately, due to the on-going COVID-19 Pandemic, NATE made the decision to officially postpone the event and will host next year’s 2021 Summer Conference at the same venue. This year’s Summer Conference took place via Zoom meeting.

Nevertheless, the Workforce Development Committee has continued to work diligently with its effort under the leadership of our Chairwoman, Dr. Gemma Frock. Dr. Frock has developed the Workforce Initiative Strategic Plan. One of the efforts of this plan was to collect data from our members. The Workforce Development Committee developed a Workforce Employer Survey. This survey was designed to gather information that will be meaningful to confirm the present and future workforce need. The Committee will use the information collected to develop vital strategies necessary to present to educational partners. The result will be to initiate educational programs to train the incoming telecom industry workforce to build and maintain the critical communications infrastructure and networks.

We are in the midst of changing times where the need for staying connected is most critical. As our new normal is filled with Zoom business meetings, virtual classrooms, and medical appointments, the need for the workforce to build and maintain communications networks is growing even more than anticipated.

As our country experiences record claims of unemployment due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, and many Americans have the necessity to return to work, we hope to encourage and attract people to the telecom industry. The telecom industry has not slowed down as other industries are suffering to sustain their businesses and keep their doors open. Telecom workers have always been essential workers, but now more than ever the necessity for them is crucial. 

 

To view this article in the Tower Times September – October 2020 publication, click here