Developing the future of Alabama.
In Alabama, we’re creating more high-tech, high-skilled jobs than ever before. As such, we’re helping our well-regarded workforce development programs grow even stronger. Resources such as AIDT (Alabama’s primary workforce development agency) and increased collaboration between the state’s commercial and education communities allow new businesses to receive individual attention and benefits, such as pre-employment selection and training, leadership development, on-the-job training, and assessments.
AIDT is Alabama’s primary workforce development agency. By offering job-specific training services at no cost, AIDT has helped expand the opportunities of its citizens and of the state’s economic development at large. With over 600,000 Alabamians trained by AIDT, AIDT has a proven track record of equipping beginning and expanding businesses with the trained workforce they need to be successful.
Aviation Workforce Training
The Alabama Aviation Workforce Training Center is the premier representation of AIDT’s devotion to train and expand Alabama’s aviation sector. The $7 million facility trains workers for construction, manufacturing and other industries. Originally designed to prepare Alabama’s workforce for the opening Airbus factory in 2014, the training center’s services are now available to other aviation companies. In addition, the Alabama Aviation Center is part of the Alabama Community College System and trains aircraft mechanics at several locations throughout the state.
Alabama Technology Network
From the Tennessee Valley to Mobile Bay, Alabama Technology Network (ATN) is an actual network composed of two-year colleges and businesses. ATN’s role consists of pairing these businesses and colleges, effectively establishing a collective of experts who can provide training within a variety of fields, including information technology, engineering, business management and more.
Alabama Department of Commerce
As of 2015, the Alabama Department of Commerce took control of many of the state’s workforce development programs, such as the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, the Alabama Workforce Council, the state’s 10 Regional Workforce Councils and more. And with AIDT now at the center, the Department of Commerce aims to provide a single point of entry for training and economic development in Alabama.
Robotics Technology Park
Made up of Calhoun Community College, globally recognized robotics companies, and Alabama’s highly regarded workforce development agency, AIDT, the Alabama Robotics Technology Park is a testament to the state’s ability to enhance education, research and training within the robotics sector.
Virtual reality (VR) is changing the landscape of how we learn. JumpStartAL is an innovative and exciting, VR-based education and training program designed to build Alabama’s next generation of skilled labor. Their mission is to develop a partnership of public and private entities who will help create career awareness and training courses working to meet the state’s labor needs of tomorrow.
Alabama’s ability to deliver a skilled workforce has long been a cornerstone in the state’s successful economic development efforts. We’ve helped companies such as Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Hyundai and Airbus assemble and train workforces, so we know how it’s done.
Alabama has the workforce development resources in place to help just about every company with plans for a new facility or expansion. AIDT, considered one of the best state job-training agencies, has specialized training centers around the state. The Alabama Department of Commerce is home to an increasing array of workforce programs. The Alabama Community College System and the state’s four-year universities are fully invested in programs that prepare workers for tomorrow’s challenges.
With these resources and more, workforce development is a team effort in Alabama.