WOW 2.0, a continuation of the Worlds of Work Expo, will take place April 16-17, at Shelton State Community College – Martin Campus. WOW 2.0 allows high school seniors to interview for jobs with competitive companies in West Alabama, with interviews taking place April 16.
April 17 is College and Career Day, an opportunity for high school juniors to interview for part-time jobs and meet with two-year and four-year colleges. Stay up to date on WOW 2.0 details here.
Through industry clusters, Central Six AlabamaWorks is helping employers address their workforce needs and providing solutions. One solution Central Six is partnering with local career centers to promote is on-the-job training funding, a reimbursement program to assist employers in offsetting some of their costs in hiring. Central Six has specifically been educating the non-traditional employers, including in the information technology sector, about the benefits of the program and recently assisted in launching two OJT contracts with local IT companies.
The first IT company to take advantage of this funding in Region 4 is Sigao Studios, In this video, please listen to Christopher Sims and Joi West with Sigao Studios discuss how OJT has benefited their company and helped them grow their team. For more information about OJT in Region 4, please contact Kristen O’Keefe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This past fall, Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin took a trip to Germany with the goal of finding an innovative new way to ensure Birmingham youngsters can find jobs.
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Finley had no idea what he was going to do after high school. He did not have a great support system in his home life and feared he would end up following the same path as those who lived in his neighborhood. He knew that path likely led to felonies and illegal drugs. He didn’t want that life, and luckily, one of his high school instructors saw his potential. With the guidance of the high school welding instructor, Finley ended up enrolling in the AIDT Maritime Training Center’s welding class. In the program, he improved his skills, and at 18 he, was placed in a job at a fabrication shop making $17 per hour. That was his very first job!
He improved his skills there, and when that contract ended, he met with the SAWDC project manager who placed him into a job at a local manufacturing company, where he learned how to weld different alloys and perform mirror welding. When that contract ended, Finley informed the SAWDC project manager that he wanted to get on with a company where he could have a career. His timing was perfect because the project manager had just been informed that there was a local shipyard accepting applications for a pipe welding apprenticeship program. Finley and the project manager knew that should be his next step.
Today, two years later, Finley has one year left in the apprenticeship program. Upon completion, he will be a National Accredited Journeyman Pipe Welder. He plans to continue working at the shipyard as he pursues a bachelor’s degree in business.
At 22, Finley is now engaged and has made an offer on a house in the Grand Bay area. Eventually, he would like teach welding and change the lives of others–just like his life has been changed.