In the fall of 2015, the Alabama Workforce Council undertook a statewide effort to understand the structure, function, organization and perceptions of the Alabama workforce system. The results showed that Alabama is endowed with plentiful state, educational, business support and other service organizations that provide training, placement and informational resources that could better serve business, industry and the public if they were organized in an effective network and unified under a common vision, mission and brand.
This new and unified system resulted from hundreds of hours of input from workforce and educational professionals, industry leadership, families and students. Thousands of Alabamians participated in-person and online in developing the charter for AlabamaWorks.
AlabamaWorks stands for opportunity, innovation, accountability and inclusion with the vision of a better future for Alabama in which communities, business, and industry are supported in a collaborative process to build prosperity through the opportunity of meaningful work and a growing economy. Our mission is to recruit, train, and empower a highly skilled workforce driven by business and industry needs and to be the competitive advantage for Alabama’s economic growth. Whether you’re an employer, a job seeker or a student, AlabamaWorks is the springboard for your success and promises to provide profitability and economic growth by creating opportunities for success and an improved quality of life for Alabamians.
Key People and Contacts
Meet Our Partners
Alabama Workforce Council
Created at the recommendation of Governor Bentley’s Career Readiness Task Force to foster collaboration between government, industry and education, the AWC is comprised of educators and business and industry executives from throughout the state tasked with ensuring that all Alabamians have the capacity to pursue their educational goals and realize long-term career opportunities.
Alabama Department of Commerce
The Alabama Department of Commerce consists of the Business Development Division and the Workforce Development Division. Our mission is to attract new business and to support our existing businesses in achieving and sustaining success.
Alabama Department of Labor
Whether you are an employer starting a new business or an existing employer, the Alabama Department of Labor will help you find the resources and information that you need to succeed.
Alabama Career Center System
The staff members in the Alabama Career Centers near you have services and resources to help both employers and job seekers.
Whether you are an employer or a job seeker, Alabama Joblink is your online portal to services offered through the Alabama Career Center System.
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 Community College System
The Alabama Community College System (ACCS) provides a wide range of services to help both job seekers and employers reach their potential. Job placement and training assistance are available through the Alabama Career Center System. Skills assessment and training programs are available for existing, expanding and new businesses through ATN.
Alabama Technology Network
The Alabama Technology Network is a part of the Alabama Community College System and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership. ATN’s team of experts helps solve the needs of industry and business through innovative, sustainable, cost-effective solutions. We can conduct detailed needs assessments, outline potential solutions based on the results, and then provide technical assistance to help you solve those problems or identify those who can.
Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services
Alabama’s Vocational Rehabilitation Service, a program of the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (ADRS), provides specialized employment and education-related services to Alabamians with disabilities to assist them in gaining and maintaining employment.
READI-Net (Resources for Employment and Disability Information Network) is the business relations program of the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (ADRS). Through local business relations consultants, READI-Net provides no-cost, customized recruitment and retention services, training, and other disability and employment-related resources to Alabama businesses and industries.
K-12 Career and Technical Education/Workforce Development
This division of the Alabama State Department of Education is focused on helping students achieve success through leadership development, career awareness, and academic excellence. This division also provides service to Alabama’s teachers, education administrators, and counselors through professional development that works to further K-12 student achievement and project-based learning.
Alabama Institute for Dead and Blind
The Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind (AIDB) is the world’s most comprehensive education, rehabilitation and service program serving individuals of all ages who are deaf, blind, deaf-blind and multi-disabled. AIDB now serves more than 24,215 infants, toddlers, children, adults and seniors with hearing and vision loss throughout Alabama each year.