The Alabama Office of Apprenticeship and FuelAL, a program under the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama (EDPA), are pleased to announce their partnership in hosting the Third Annual Alabama Summit on Talent Retention & Work-Based Learning. Set to occur at Regions Park in Birmingham, Alabama, from April 8th to 10th, the Summit aims to convene employers, educators, economic developers, and workforce professionals from across the state to explore best practices in talent retention and workforce development.

Building on the breakout success of the 2023 conference, this gathering will feature speakers and panelists from various sectors, offering unique perspectives on how talent retention and work-based learning initiatives can contribute to a thriving economy. Attendees can expect a range of breakout sessions and panels addressing key topics such as apprenticeship programs, career pathways, and other resources for work-based learning. The summit promises to equip participants with valuable tools and resources for effective workforce development.

“To keep Alabama’s top talent in the state, it is essential we understand how to give what bright, young professionals really want,” stated Miller Girvin, Executive Vice President of Innovation & Talent at EDPA. “This Summit offers an opportunity for those who can make a huge difference in this space – employers, career-development offices and community leaders – to share best practices and learn how to showcase the promising careers and lifestyles that Alabama can deliver.”

Director Josh Laney of the Alabama Office of Apprenticeship expressed enthusiasm for continuing the AOA’s promotion of work-based learning. “Since 2019, Governor Ivey has pushed our state to become a national leader in work-based learning as we continue to tackle the challenges of labor force participation. WBL creates meaningful work experience for citizens to get the skills they need to do the jobs our employers need filled.”

A highlight of the conference will be presentations from the winners of the 2024 Alabama Seal of Excellence in Work-Based Learning. These programs have demonstrated exceptional quality, unique approaches, and replicability that will inspire others around the state to follow their lead.


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About EDPA:

The Economic Development Partnership of Alabama (EDPA) is a private, nonprofit organization supported by over 60 Corporate Partners. It is governed by a board of directors comprised of the state’s top business leaders, dedicated to Alabama’s economic growth. EDPA supports various initiatives including economic development research, workforce development, talent retention, innovation, entrepreneurship, and community development.

About The Alabama Office of Apprenticeship:

The Alabama Office of Apprenticeship (AOA) aims to expand the use of registered apprenticeships and other forms of work-based learning. Collaborating with employers and training providers across the state, AOA develops high-quality career training to foster the prosperity of workers and employers, contributing to the continued economic development of Alabama.