Fiber Broadband Association to develop telecom workforce by linking technicians to potential employers

(UI) – The Fiber Broadband Association (FBA) announced graduates of the Optical Telecom Installer Certification (OpTIC Path™) program will be featured in the Learning Alliance’s Talent Link applicant tracking system. FBA members and Learning Alliance partners can leverage Talent Link to gain a direct pathway to certified fiber technicians who are qualified to safely and efficiently build the fiber broadband networks that many communities still need.

The Learning Alliance is dedicated to improving telecom workforce development, offering training to veterans and civilians. It partnered with FBA in October 2022 to offer FBA’s OpTIC Path course to increase fiber technician training opportunities and build the much-needed pipeline of trained fiber field workers and keep fiber projects on schedule.

Talent Link is the Learning Alliance’s latest tool for employer partners looking for skilled candidates. The platform serves as a database of all Learning Alliance program graduates, including those completing FBA’s OpTIC Path course and other tower and wireless programs. Employers can filter graduates by program, work experience, interests, location, relocation profile, and more. FBA member companies can also leverage the Talent Link platform, gaining access directly through their FBA membership portal.

“This is an exciting development for the OpTIC Path program. Not only are we creating the resources to train skilled fiber technicians, but with partners like the Learning Alliance, we can take it one step further and present our OpTIC Path graduates to potential employers,” said Deborah Kish, Vice President of Research and Workforce Development at the Fiber Broadband Association. “The Talent Link platform offers value to both OpTIC Path graduates, but also our FBA members. We know this tool will make it easier for employers to quickly find the right technicians, gain the workforce needed to complete fiber deployments, and connect their communities to the benefits that only fiber can deliver.”

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