Apr 16, 2021

T-Mobile’s NextTech Diversity Program goes live!

Laura V. Garcia
2 min
T-Mobile’s diversity website went live today, showcasing The NextTech Diversity Program that aims to create a more diverse workforce...

T-Mobile, yet another great company showing us the way. According to T-Mobile’s newly launched website, “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 colour.”

T-Mobile’s innovative NextTech Diversity Program looks to drive diversity by ensuring a more equitable workforce. Currently, people of colour make up a small percentage of all network technicians and field crews. The move to 5G is creating an estimated 20,000 jobs for new network technicians and crews to build the needed infrastructure.

The program addresses this gap by committing to make a significant impact in three ways:

  • Graduating and certifying all participating Candidates in the Program
  • Guaranteed job placement for all eligible Candidates after graduation
  • Supporting Candidates for 12-months after job placement with career counselling, ranging from career development to financial management.

Mike Simpson, CPO at T-Mobile, says, “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.”

T-Mobile 5G

Almost a year ago, T-Mobile and Sprint merged and strengthened their commitment to building not only a bigger, but the best 5G network.

Today, T-Mobile is a leader in 5G by both coverage and speed, covering over 8300 cities and towns, more than twice that of Verizon or AT&T. According to testing by umlaut, T-Mobile’s 5G is also the most reliable.

Learning Alliance Corporation 

The cost of schooling will be completely covered for candidates through NextTech. With almost $1 million in seed funding, Learning Alliance Corporation (LAC) will oversee recruitment, training, certification and job placement.

LAC was selected as a partner due to its close alignment 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.

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May 16, 2021

Mental Health Awareness Month: Closing the Gaps

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It’s Mental Health Awareness Month. We take a look at some stats and what companies can do to help close the gaps and end the stigma.

The impacts of the global pandemic have forced companies to pay special attention to the issues of mental health. Unfortunately, however, receiving treatment for behavioural health issues remains much too difficult, and the stigma remains. 

From McKinsey, a 2018 survey co-sponsored by the National Council for Behavioral Health reported that 42 per cent of respondents cited cost and poor insurance coverage as key barriers to accessing mental healthcare, with one in four people reporting having to choose between obtaining mental health treatment and paying for necessities. 

A study of more than 36,000 people found 62 per cent of people with mood disorders, 76 per cent of people with anxiety disorders, and 81 per cent of people with substance use disorders do not receive treatment due to cost, coverage, and the social stigma still associated with mental and substance use disorders.

Depression increases the risk of suicide, about 60 per cent of people who die by suicide have had a mood disorder. And so it should not surprise us to see the rate of suicide continue to climb. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, the suicide rate has increased about 35 per cent between 1999 and 2018. Growing at a rate of approximately 2 per cent per year since 2006, suicide is now the tenth leading cause of death in the United States.

Closing the Mental Health Support Gaps

Using data from two national surveys run by McKinsey’s Center for Societal Benefit through Healthcare in late 2020, McKinsey found that there is continued opportunity for employers to support workforce mental health by taking five actions: 

  • Make mental wellness a priority
  • Enhance available mental health support
  • Communicate available mental health support
  • Create an inclusive work culture
  • Measure and meet the need

Starting the Conversation

In order to help end the stigma and start the conversation, The Center for Workplace Mental Health, suggests sharing these five fast facts about mental health with your employees to start the conversation:

  • 1 in 5 adults experience a mental health condition, yet less than half receive care.
  • Within the global workforce, around 3 in 10 employees experience severe stress, anxiety, or depression.
  • Mental health conditions are more common than cancer, diabetes, or heart disease.
  • People with other chronic medical conditions are at a higher risk for depression and vice versa.
  • Depression is a leading cause of disability worldwide and is a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease.


WEF gathered the thoughts of 6 global employers on how to improve workplace mental health

HR Exchange Network shares 6 ways for employers to celebrate mental health month


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