Unlocking Opportunities: NTS Introduces Fiber Install Apprenticeship

Emma Hughes

Gila River Indian News


Native Technology Solutions (NTS) a subsidiary of Gila River Telecommunications (GRTI), owned and operated by the Gila River Indian Community, is proud to begin offering a new fiber optic technician apprenticeship program.


NTS provides service for structured cabling, access control systems, security systems and fiber optic networks to costumers on and off the Community.


Fiber optic technology is used for everyday uses such as telephone, internet and television. It transmits information as light pulses through a glass or plastic fiber cable and provides better long-distance and high-performance data for telecommunications compared to traditional copper cables. Fiber optic installers are in high demand due to the increasing need for fast and reliable internet connections.


This comprehensive initiative seeks applicants wanting to learn from and assist professionals in the growing field of fiber optics. Apprentices will get hands-on training in line installation and construction of fiber optic cables.


Apprentices will work 40 hours a week for a year, with pay beginning at $20 dollars an hour, including structured pay increases. NTS has partnered with Arizona Western College to offer three classes as part of the program, allowing apprentices to receive certification at no cost.


Applicants must be at least 18-years or older, have their high school diploma or GED and undergo a background check. Little to no previous work experience is required and is open to anyone who may be interested. GRIC members and other tribal members are highly encouraged to apply.


The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is funding this new apprenticeship from the tribal broadband connectivity program. The Gila River Indian Community received over $4 million to improve access to broadband services among its tribal members in Pinal and Maricopa counties.


Broadband network expansion will assist in distance learning opportunities, affordable broadband service, telehealth expansion, economic growth, workforce development and digital inclusion efforts due to the increased demands for internet access as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.


With a curriculum designed in collaboration with industry experts, this fiber optic apprenticeship program will equip participants with the technical knowledge and practical experience necessary to thrive in this competitive field.


More details are on the NTS website at www.native-tech.net/careers.