Investing in
& People to Build
Wireless Networks

The NextTech Diversity Program provides a mix of investment, outreach, professional training & certification, and job placement services. With industry-wide support, we will kick-start careers for thousands of women and men of color.

The Power of
the Program

America’s wireless networks (and customers!) are ready for a massive dose of 5G. There are roughly 20,000 jobs for new network technicians and crews to build the needed infrastructure.

Today, women and men of color make up a small percentage of all network technicians and field crews.

The NextTech Diversity Program commits to making a significant impact in three important ways:


  1. Graduating and certifying all eligible program Candidates in the
  2. Guaranteed job placement services for all eligible Candidates after
  3. Supporting Candidates for 12-months after job placement with career counseling, ranging from career development to financial management

Mike Simpson
Senior Vice President & Chief Procurement Officer | T-Mobile

“T-Mobile is rapidly building America’s largest and fastest 5G network. As we build this network for all, I want our corporate values – diversity, equity and inclusion – reflected in the suppliers we select and the employees they hire. NextTech Diversity is one way we are encouraging opportunity for underrepresented populations in the future telecom workforce.”

Cesar Ruiz
President & CEO | Learning Alliance Corporation

“We contract with colleges and universities to create career opportunities for all kinds of people interested in the telecom industry. NextTech Diversity brings heightened awareness and engagement from the wireless infrastructure industry which will be spending billions of dollars to buildout 5G networks across America.”

Learning Alliance Corporation

With nearly $1 million in seed funding, Learning Alliance Corporation will oversee recruitment, training, certification and job placement – and the cost of the candidates’ schooling is completely covered through NextTech.

The Learning Alliance Corporation partners with small, medium and large tower companies across the United States. They are closely aligned with the Wireless Infrastructure Association’s Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP) which administers National Standards of Apprenticeship along with the U.S. Department of Labor.

That’s why LAC was selected to lead outreach and drive results for NextTech Diversity.

Go to Learning Alliance Corporation’s website to learn more – or send an email to the company’s President & CEO Cesar Ruiz:

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Our Partners

NextTech Diversity is a program that everyone in wireless can get behind. We’ve contracted with a diverse supplier that delivers outstanding telecom training. NextTech Diversity’s success depends on the support from companies that build America’s wireless networks.
We’re looking to fill the following pledge levels:


These are the companies making the biggest commitment: Funding a total of 200 students – 40 students every year – from 2021 through 2025.

Become a Visionary


Supporting 10-39 candidates annually is amazing – even better with a five-year commitment.

Become a Integrator


Builder’s will cover the costs for 5-9 training spots every year.

Become a Builder


When a company pledges to cover the costs of 1-4 trainees each year, that’s a real commitment that will have a real impact on peoples’ lives.

Become a Connector

“In addition to Ericsson North America’s Digital Inclusion efforts, we are proud sponsors of the NextTech Diversity Program initiated through T-Mobile’s Supplier Diversity program. Increasing diversity within the telecom infrastructure workforce requires an industrywide commitment to attracting and training new workers. This program creates opportunities for people of varying genders, nationalities, and backgrounds to begin new career paths. Program graduates will play an important role in accelerating 5G deployments and maintaining critical communication infrastructure,”

Diversity and Inclusion drives innovation - Ericsson

Kevin Zvokel

Head of Networks
Ericsson North America

“We salute Learning Alliance and T-Mobile as engaged members of WIA and trailblazers for developing the next generation of the wireless workforce. WIA’s Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP) is perfectly aligned with NextTech as we share its commitment to a safer, highly skilled, and diverse workforce.”

Brent Weil

VP, Workforce Development

"With the NextTech Diversity Program, T-Mobile and partners like Ericsson are taking an innovative approach to increasing diversity in their industry. What makes this even more meaningful is that it's not only about supporting diversity through words only; it's about taking bold action to ensure diversity in the industry becomes a reality, especially because so many communities of color are barely represented. Being intentional about the recruitment of diverse candidates and seeing them through the entirety of the training and job placement process has the potential to change lives, communities, and the tech industry on the whole.”

Sindy M. Benavides

League of United Latin American Citizens

“It’s partnerships and programs like NextTech Diversity that we need across America to create opportunities for diverse candidates that positively transform lives. When companies invest in job training and certification, while making a commitment to hiring under-represented populations, they create opportunities in communities across the country and in the Golden State.”

Jason Paguio

President & CEO
Asian Business Association San Diego

Our Partners