Apprenticeship Alabama Signs Up First Businesses, Launches New Website
Apprenticeship Alabama continues to make news in its maiden year. The program held signing ceremonies in several workforce regions with partnering businesses that are the first to take advantage of the state’s new Apprenticeship Alabama tax credits. In addition, Apprenticeship Alabama announced the launch of its new website, www.apprenticeshipalabama.org.
Under Apprenticeship Alabama, qualified companies can receive an income tax credit of $1,000 per year per apprentice. A company can receive a tax credit for up to five apprentices. To participate, companies must register with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship and meet its classroom and on-the-job training requirements.
On March 1, Gestamp Alabama became the first company to sign on with Apprenticeship Alabama and officially register with USDOL. Gestamp operates a metal-stamping facility in McCalla, just outside Bessemer, and is a supplier to the Mercedes-Benz plant in nearby Vance. It registered with two apprentices.
Apprentice Alabama’s Sherry DeLoach, center, signs apprenticeship with Gestamp Alabama HR Director Traci Wells. In back are Patsy Richards of Apprenticeship Alabama, left, Apprenticeship Alabama Manager Frank Chestnut, and Antiqua Cleggett, executive director of Central Six AlabamaWorks.
“A registered program has the benefit of having transferrable credential for that apprentice,” said Frank Chestnut, manager of Apprenticeship Alabama. “But it also ensures the company has great standards, classroom training and on-the-job training at the plant.
“Our slogan is linking talent to opportunity. This allows a company to grow its own talent from within.”
Apprenticeship Alabama signing ceremonies for other companies include:
- March 13: Auburn Electric Construction Co. Inc., which specializes in commercial and industrial electrical work, 25 apprentices.
- April 13: International Paper Riverdale Mill, Selma, 16 apprentices.
- April 17: S&S Sprinkler, a full-service fire protection contractor based in Mobile.
Frank Chestnut and Patsy Richards joined International Paper Riverdale Mill officials and apprentices for signing in Selma.
Concerning Apprentice Alabama’s new website, Chestnut said it provides information on registering programs with the Office of Apprenticeship, available apprenticeship opportunities and information on the Apprenticeship Tax Credit. Tax credit forms will be accessible through the website.
The 2017 tax credit deadline for signing up your registered apprenticeship program is May 31, 2017.
For more information, please visit www.apprenticeshipalabama.org.