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Workforce development has never been more important to Alabama’s future.

That’s because we’re recruiting more high-tech, high-skilled jobs than ever before. To answer the challenge, Alabama is making strategic moves to strengthen already well-regarded workforce development programs. Thanks to resources such as AIDT and new levels of collaboration between the state’s business and education communities, new businesses are receiving pre-employment selection and training, leadership development, on-the-job training, and assessments — all specific to each company’s needs.

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WORKFORCE

1,975,000+

Wage and Salary Employment, November 2015

600,000

Alabama Workers Trained by AIDT

13.1%

Manufacturing Share of Total State Force

$62,880

Average Annual Compensation for Manufacturing Workers, 2012

AIDT

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

D'Andre Wright
D'Andre WrightEconomic Development Representative
205.257.5301

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