The West AlabamaWorks Team is an extension of our ARD Team and has created a solid pipeline of viable candidates to work within our operations. Currently, West AlabamaWorks is in full collaboration with an automotive task force, with a goal of establishing the much needed Brookwood Logistics Center. This relationship will enhance the flow of even more qualified candidates into the Logistics field to help support the growth in this region.
West AlabamaWorks has taken the vision of helping the less fortunate in the outlying regions to another level, by providing extensive training and retraining while transitioning individuals back into the workforce.
West AlabamaWorks is an extremely vital and effective partner for the automotive industry in this region. They’re supporting MBUSI and its suppliers in finding high-performing, engaged employees who are dedicated to building quality vehicles sold around the world. West AlabamaWorks listens and helps to meet a critical need – connecting business and industry, government and education leaders so we can help people find well-paying jobs.
There are many good paying jobs in West Alabama. We at Nucor Steel are looking for individuals with strong workplace skills. Our workforce partners provide training opportunities through technical skills training and apprenticeships programs which prepare our employees for a successful career.
Being innovative in our approach, being able to quickly satisfy a need is especially important if we’re going to meet the challenge and then exceed the challenge. These factors make West AlabamaWorks one of the best because they can do all of these things.
Phifer Wire employees over 1,200 citizens in West Alabama. We encourage anyone looking for a career with us to begin with the Ready to Work programs in our region. This program helps candidates gain basic employment skills we are looking for…
Job Connect gives your company access to more than 10,000 individuals in our Career Connect system, as well as job seekers from the region and state. Right the right candidate and build a strong workforce.
Our Industry Clusters
West AlabamaWorks prides itself on being industry-driven and focused on employer needs. To stay in-the-know, we invite all West Alabama businesses to our quarterly cluster meetings. We currently support four clusters representing West Alabama's top sectors: automotive, construction, healthcare, and manufacturing. We plan to add a 5th cluster, professional services, this year. These meetings provide the perfect opportunity for collaboration between industry professionals and other players in the education-business workforce pipeline.
Our Automotive Cluster Meeting is ideal for automotive manufacturers, automotive suppliers, career technical educators, service providers, including our local community colleges. Hear updates about production schedules to better prepare your business and participate in industry-specific training opportunities. Connect with industry leaders to discuss current trends in the automotive landscape and how to maneuver common obstacles. Join the conversation at our quarterly Automotive Cluster Meetings to learn more.
Next Meeting: September 15, 2021; 7:30a.m. - 9:00a.m.Location: MBUSI, Bill Taylor Institute
Industrial, commercial and residential construction companies, as well as relevant service providers, come together to develop workforce solutions at West Alabama Works? Construction Cluster Meeting. Past items of note include improving plumbing curriculum for area high schools and developing strategies to recruit apprentices. Join the conversation at our quarterly Construction Cluster Meetings to learn more.
Next Meeting: August 24, 2021; 3:00p.m. - 4:30p.m.Location: Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama, Regions Boardroom
Ideal for healthcare practitioners, human resources professionals, health science educators and relevant service providers, West Alabama Works’ Healthcare Cluster Meeting offers innovative strategies for West Alabama’s healthcare industry. From developing workforce pipelines to assist with patient care assistant shortages to using grant funding to train new employees, this meeting provides answers for the industry. Join the conversation at our quarterly Healthcare Cluster Meetings to learn more.
Next Meeting: September 9, 2021; 10:00a.m. - 11:30a.m.Location: Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama, Regions Boardroom
Whether you are a plant manager, human resources professional, or a manufacturing instructor, West Alabama's Manufacturing Cluster Meeting will help you connect the dots to solutions for your business, employers, and/or students. Past items of note include developing a manufacturing curriculum for area high schools and using federal funding to train new employees. Join the conversation at our quarterly Modern Manufacturing Cluster Meetings to learn more.
Next Meeting: November 16, 2021; 3:00p.m. - 4:30p.m.Location: Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama, Regions Boardroom
Applicable to a wide range of organizations which exist in many different industries, this cluster will focus on ways West Alabama Works can engage with professional services industry leaders to affect change to our workforce model. No matter your role, if you are involved in this sector, we would love to meet you. The success of our workforce model is based on cluster engagement and direction. Even though our model is industry driven, we still have a tremendous engagement with our education partners and service providers who are also engaged at all levels, so if you are an educator of professional services, we invite you to join the conversation as well.
West AlabamaWorks offers a host of programs to employers designed to attract new talent and further develop an existing workforce. These programs range from specialized individual company training sessions, leadership training, and Ready To Work classes focused on providing essential skills like communication, business etiquette, and problem-solving to employees. Training can occur virtually, on-site at your company, or via one of our partner training centers. West AlabamaWorks fully commits to helping you, our business and industry partners, create and maintain innovative solutions to your workforce needs.
Ready to Work
The RTW program provides basic training in entry-level workplace skills. This "career readiness" program was created by AIDT and is operated through the Alabama Community College System. Soft skills, work ethic, and career preparedness are the main focus of the program.
AIDT's objective is to provide quality workforce development for Alabama's new and expanding businesses, and to enrich the opportunities of Alabamians through the jobs these businesses create.
Alabama Technology Network
ATN's objective is to provide the most innovative technical assistance and training to continually improve existing Alabama businesses and industries.
Alabama Robotics Technology Park
The Alabama RTP is a collaboration between the State of Alabama, Alabama Community College System, AIDT, and robotics industry leaders across the nation which was formed to provide a technically trained, highly skilled and educated workforce for automation and robotics, to assist public and private entities in developing new robotics systems and technologies, and to promote the creation, growth, and expansion of companies through innovative technology solutions.
Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services
Alabama's Department of Rehabilitation Services offers training programs related to disability issues in the workplace at no-cost to Alabama businesses and their staff. The training is provided by an experienced trainer from the state Vocational Rehabilitation Business Relations program, READI-NET, and comes with the necessary training materials to deliver results. Training sessions range from 30 minutes to 2 hours and includes customized staff training addressing diversity and inclusion, retaining valued workers whose jobs are affected by illness/injury/disability, or legislative/compliance issues.
Leadership Training with AIDT - Back by Popular Design
Are you a supervisor or a manager who wants to become a true leader? Take your leadership skills to the next level with Leadership I, Leadership II, and Leadership III with West AlabamaWorks and AIDT. You do not have to complete the training sessions in order, as they are topic-based. You also do not have to complete all three sessions. At only $35 a person (with lunch included) for an in-person session, this is an affordable solution to workforce needs.
UPDATE: Due to COVID-19, all leadership training sessions have been reformated and will take place virtually until further notice. These remote sessions are FREE; however, participants must register by the deadline to take part.
Key Points: Leadership Overview, Setting Goals, Communication, Teamwork, Leading Multiple Generations
Next Session: TBA
Key Points: Office politics and personality styles, Ethics in business,
Time management, Giving feedback, Conflict management, Critical thinking/Problem solving
Next Session: TBA
Key Points: Emotional Intelligence, Personal accountability/professionalism, Transformational leadership, Change management
Next Session: May 4th, 2021 | 8:00AM-4:00PM CDT
Registration Deadline: April 13th at 3:00PM
Find out what is happening in the world of workforce development in the state of Alabama. Previous topics include STEM initiatives, credentialing, skills-based hiring, benefits cliffs, work-based learning opportunities, and much more.
Chamber of West Alabama
The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama is pleased to offer a range of training suitable for your business, no matter your needs. Our in-class sessions offer hands-on seminars in a traditional classroom setting led by experts in their field, while our interactive, instructor-led online courses allow you to set your own schedule and train at your convenience.
Whether your business is trying to train new employees, upskill current employees, or start a new training program from scratch, there are many funding opportunities available in West Alabama.
Incumbent Worker Training Program
The Incumbent Worker Training Program is used to train and provide skills upgrades to existing full-time, permanent employees via the federally funded Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA). Get started by contacting the Workforce Development Division of the Alabama Department of Commerce.
Work Opportunity Tax Credit
The Work Opportunity Tax Credit is a Federal tax credit available to employers for hiring individuals from certain target groups who have consistently faced significant barriers to employment. WOTC joins other workforce programs that incentivize workplace diversity and facilitate access to good jobs for American workers. Get started by contacting Alabama's WOTC supervisor.
Federal Bonding Program
The mission of the Federal Bonding Program is to give employers peace of mind by bonding job candidates considered to be high risk. There are no out-of-pocket expenses for the employer because FBP bonds are provided free of charge and carry a $0 deductible. Get started by contacting Alabama's FBP supervisor via FBP@alcc.alabama.gov.
Alabama Office of Apprenticeship
The Alabama Office of Apprenticeship assists with the expansion of registered and industry-recognized apprenticeships by helping employers develop and register customized apprenticeship programs to suit their training needs. Employers can earn a $1,250 tax credit per new apprentice for up to 10 apprentices annually. Get started by contacting AOA for more details.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development Division provides financial and technical assistance to rural businesses by providing help with capital, equipment, space, job training, entrepreneurial skills training to start and/or grow a business, and renewable energy systems/energy efficiency improvements by working through partnerships with public and private community-based organizations and financial institutions. Get started by contacting Alabama's USDA Rural Business Services.
The Alabama Workforce Stabilization Program is designed to help Alabama businesses avoid layoffs, upskill current employees, and develop talent pipelines.
Get started by contacting your West AlabamaWorks cluster manager.