Lumen Technologies has signed the White House Infrastructure Talent Pipeline Challenge and will spend more than $80 million annually on workforce expansion. The company will add nearly 1,000 new employees to support its fiber broadband expansion program, the company announced.
Training, building, and caring for new talent is essential for the company and the industry, which is undergoing tremendous expansion. Employees, including new recruits, can participate in Lumen’s Partners in Education Program which provides $5,250 per year for tuition assistance or to help with training.
Employees and new recruits can also participate in an EdAssist program that is designed to help employees with the education and training program(s) that match their career goals.
In addition to the hiring, Lumen will also provide hundreds of in-person, hands-on technical training sessions as well as backup adult care, child care, and pet care, as well as tutoring and extended family leave programs.
These programs provide as many as 10 backup care days with vetted and subsidized adult care and child care when regular care is not available, along with access to 24/7 help with child care, babysitters and nannies, special needs care, tutoring, and housekeeping.
Additionally, the company provides comprehensive medical and wellness programs that include extended maternity and parental leave; a Milk Stork program for nursing mothers; fertility benefits; adoption benefits; domestic partner healthcare benefits; mental health benefits; survivor benefits; disability accommodations; nutritional and exercise programs; health, dental and vision plans; and flexible spending/health savings accounts.
“Our recruiting and training programs—which promote diversity as a core pillar—provide opportunities for high school students, people transitioning from the military, and those looking to get into the tech world regardless of their level of experience,” Lumen said in a press release about the Lumen workforce expansion. “Lumen’s Enhanced Premise Technician New Hire Program, Ops Academy, and Field Academy offer training on technology, safety, customer experience, systems, processes, and standards/expectations. We also offer on-the-job mentoring, job shadowing, and coaching.”
Earlier this week, Lumen won a $1.5 billion contract from the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) to provide essential network transport and communications services in the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command Area of Responsibility.