This past year has brought us many complications and unpredictable circumstances, which do not stop wireless broadband. In a world that has turned almost entirely virtual in such a short amount of time, the demand for faster and more reliable networks has increased immensely. It is becoming more common that the concern for wireless broadband, especially in households, has begun to rise. It is also becoming more common to hire individuals and allow current workers to shift their positions to be completely remote. Certain areas of the world, such as Ireland, are looking to help those in need of additional broadband by offering their businesses remote work locations. Individuals are finding it harder today to get the broadband that they need in their own homes. In February, the Ireland Department of Finance announced ten regional work hubs for public sector workers (BBCNews).
But some challenges come with the sudden need for speed when it is recommended to reduce human interaction, in-home visits, and push for customers to challenge themselves with self-installations. Telecom teams are finding it hard to keep up with the broadband expansions and are working hard to find solutions.
The broadband industry challenges.
When it comes to the telecommunications industry, the information is out there, but it is not often expanded on when it comes to wireless broadband. While this brand offers many careers and education on how to become prepared for such a job, it is critical for students and job seekers to take advantage of these resources. Most are not aware that a broadband industry even exists on its own, and this is where it becomes challenging to expand and offer the necessary work, which is becoming so crucial in today’s virtual world. If potential workers are not aware of this industry and are educated on becoming a part of it, we face the challenge of not succeeding in the rapid growth.
Not only is there a lack of awareness, but there is also the challenge of the lack of specialized training and funding knowledge for training programs in the broadband industry. This is not allowing for employees to advance their careers and meet particular needs that an employer requires. Broadband technician training programs are far and few between. Those that do exist only produce a small number of graduates, which is not sustainable when broadband wireless needs additional workers. The lack of training and industry standardization makes it extremely difficult for a potential training program to develop an effective model to meet these employers’ needs. As a wireless broadband worker, it is necessary to have a broad set of skills, and how is it that one can learn these skills if there are not enough training programs already in place? While training programs are not nonexistent, the shortage of resources introduces the challenge of not being able to scale as quickly as needed.
However, the lack of awareness should not be directed entirely at students and job-seekers. While it can be costly to introduce a new training program to unskilled workers, potential employers find it easiest to hold on to these new hires without expanding their team and incurring additional training program costs. Employers must take the initiative to educate themselves on the different grant agencies that can assist their company by taking on some of these training costs to hire more unskilled workers to be trained on the expertise it takes to become a part of the broadband industry. In addition to gaining knowledge in training program grants, employers must also educate themselves on the industry’s working conditions, benefits, and competitive wages. To expand and keep up with the growth, a company will need to hire employees who want to stay. With better data tracking and industry wage understanding, the wireless broadband industry expectations will exceed the needs’ standards.
In addition to the knowledge and education needed to become a broadband worker, companies also find it hard to find potential employees who have the necessary skills and want to work. Potential workers must be comfortable with the challenges of the industry alongside the benefits. It may be hard to find somebody willing to be on-call and on the road most of the time. Or even somebody willing to set their fear of heights aside and work atop of a telecom tower. The jobs are demanding but not always steady. With ongoing changes happening now more than ever, there may be a fear for a potential worker to be trained in an industry that could fluctuate. At the same time, there are industries with extended training programs available to them at any given time.
How can we adapt?
The tools are out there, whether that means educating students on the broadband industry or educating your company on the grants it might need to help train those willing to succeed in the industry but have little knowledge of how to do so. As today’s unemployment rates have heavily shifted, there is an opportunity to reach an audience of potential employees that you may not have reached before specific industries began to diminish. Take advantage of the tools that are out there and give untrained workers with the sudden need for a career change the opportunity to grow in the wireless broadband industry.