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AIDT, an independent agency under the supervision and oversight of the Secretary of Commerce, encourages economic development through job-specific training. Training services are offered in many areas, at no cost, to new and expanding businesses throughout the State.
Alabama Technology Network
The Alabama Technology Network, part of the Alabama Community College System, has the most extensive training and service offerings for business and industry, ensuring the best possible source for your business needs. These include Lean Manufacturing, Quality Systems and Engineering, Information Technology, Human Resources and Organizational Development, Environmental Safety and Health (ES&H), Business Services/Strategic Management, Industrial Maintenance, and Engineering and Technical Services.
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Programs
Under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, the Workforce Development Division works with the Alabama Workforce Investment Board and Local Workforce Investment Boards to implement employment, training, and career development programs.
The Alabama Apprenticeship program is a rigorous combination of industry-specific training, on-the-job training and classroom theory taught over a 3- to 4-year period. Apprentices will receive a wage, giving them an “earn as you learn” training experience that specifically meets a company’s workforce needs. Most importantly upon completion of the program, the apprentice will have a transportable credential that will help them earn a higher wage.
GO BUILD ALABAMA – Apprenticeship Programs
Alabama’s Skilled Worked are a proud, elite group. Our state’s construction and trade industries are being tasked with helping to build a better tomorrow. GO BUILD ALABAMA helps individuals master a trade and discover there are no limits to what they can accomplish.
Rapid Response Team
Rapid Response Team provides on-site assistance to workers when plants announce layoffs. When plants close or substantial layoffs are implemented, the Rapid Response Team swiftly reacts and meets on-site with employers and employees affected by job losses. At the employee group meetings, workers receive information about unemployment compensation, pension benefits, job training, employment services, health insurance, credit counseling and many other services.
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act funds provide services including programs for out-of-school youth that lack basic skills and are unemployed or underemployed and assistance for those with disabilities.
Resource for Employment And Disability Information
The Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (ADRS) recognizes that business is an important customer and is committed to helping Alabama employers find solutions to disability-related issues.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) is committed to helping America’s veterans and separating service members by preparing them for meaningful careers, providing employment resources and expertise, and protecting their employment rights. Learn more about how to hire a veteran.
Benefits of a Registered Apprenticeship
- Reduce turnover
- Increase productivity
- Proven training model
- Pipeline for skilled workers
Tax Credit Information
- An employer is allowed up to a $1000 income tax credit for each qualifying apprentice
- An employer can claim a tax credit for up to five (5) apprentices annually, not to exceed $5,000
- The credit can be applied against any income tax or financial institution excise tax imposed under Chapters 16 or 18 of Title 40
- The income tax credit is not refundable, none transferable, and cannot be carried forward
- The credit cannot be claimed for an individual apprentice for more than four taxable years, regardless of employer. If applicable, Apprenticeship Alabama can verify previous credit with another employer
ELIGIBILITY FOR THE TAX CREDIT
The Employer Must:
- Add apprentices on or after January 1, 2017
- Submit all required paperwork to the Alabama Department of Commerce, Apprenticeship Alabama division on or before May 31st of the taxable year
- Have a written employer apprenticeship agreement with the USDOL Office of Apprenticeship
- Submit a copy of USDOL Program Registration and Apprenticeship Agreement (appendix B) for each registered apprentice
- Verify the apprentice was employed with at least seven (7) full months of the prior year
- Receive “Apprenticeship Tax Credit Certificate” from Apprenticeship Alabama confirming that the apprentice is in compliance with all federal and state requirements for the program
The mission of Apprenticeship Alabama is to ensure business and industry have the tools needed to develop an industry-driven Registered Apprenticeship (RA) program for its citizens.
Whether you are an employer looking to hire, train or retain a skilled workforce, or a worker looking for a new career in a well-paying occupation, RAs can help you achieve your goals.
Apprenticeship Alabama stands by the rigorous combination of industry-specific, on-the-job training, and classroom theory taught over a one to four-year period. Apprentices receive a progressive wage, giving them an “earn while you learn” training experience that specifically meets a company’s workforce needs. Most importantly, upon completion of the program, the apprentice will have a transportable credential that will increase high wage earning potential.
Apprenticeship Alabama five Industry Focused Sectors:
- Information Technology (IT)
- Distribution/Transportation and Logistics
- Advanced Manufacturing
The U.S Department of Labor (USDOL) Office of Apprenticeship administers the program nationally. USDOL is responsible for:
- Registering apprenticeship programs that meet federal and state standards
- Protecting the safety and welfare of apprentice
- Issuing nationally recognized and portable Certificates of Completion of Apprenticeship to apprentices
- Promoting the development of new programs through marketing and technical assistance
- Assuring that all programs provide high-quality training
- Assuring that all programs produce skilled and competent workers
In addition, a wide variety of stakeholders exists, including state organizations, industry associations, educational organizations (both secondary and post-secondary), workforce development organizations, economic development organizations, community-based organizations, and others. These stakeholders have a substantial interest in its success of Registered Apprenticeship.
Technical Assistance and Support. The program joins the ApprenticeshipUSA network, which provides access to a nationwide network of expertise, customer service, and support at no charge.
- National Credential – Graduates of Registered Apprenticeship programs receive a national, industry-recognized credential.
- Quality Standards – Registration means the program has met national and independent standards for quality and rigor. Registration tells prospective employees, customers, and suppliers that you invest in your workforce and that you believe your employees are your most important asset!
- Income Tax Credits – Businesses may qualify for the Apprenticeship Alabama Income Tax Credits related to apprenticeship programs. In addition, employers may be able to claim some expenses for training as a federal tax credit.
- Federal Resources – Business and apprentices can access funding and other resources from many federal programs to help support their Registered Apprenticeship programs.
Does your company want to become an Eligible Training Provider?
The WOTC is a Federal tax credit available to employers for hiring individuals from certain target groups who have consistently faced significant barriers to employment.
The FBP provides fidelity bonds to employers, giving them access to job seekers and opening doors of opportunity where none existed. The FBP, a unique hiring incentive tool, targets individuals whose backgrounds can pose significant barriers to securing or retaining employment
Industry is a driving part of our workforce.
Southeast Worlds of Work
As a project of the Southeast AlabamaWorks, Inc., Southeast WOW is an interactive career experience for almost 5,000 eighth grade students from 10 counties in Alabama: Barbour, Bulter, Coffee, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Geneva, Henry, Houston and Pike Counties; as well as three counties from southwest Georgia and three counties from northwest Florida. Students will participate in fun, educational and hands-on experiences while they learn about the vast career options available here in our local region. The Southeast WOW gives students and educators an overview of high-demand, high-wage career opportunities which address the workforce needs in our region and beyond and an Ignite a Future!
Business Success Stories
We plan to bring you many success stories very soon about our employers and their employees. Working with first-class employers and finding world-class employees is a top priority of Southeast AlabamaWorks!