Gov. Kay Ivey delivered the keynote address at the recent AlabamaWorks! Workforce Conference, Winning at Workforce. The event was held last week in Birmingham.
Watch a clip from her speech here.
Lynn added that the system conducts occupational forecasting to determine which courses will be offered by a community college within its local area.
Burdeshaw shared that the unemployment rate for disabled individuals in Alabama is nearly three times that of able-bodied individuals; however, she and her department are working to combat that. “We work for the individual and are experts in building partnerships with employers and other groups,” she said.
McCartney said that he and other members of the Alabama Workforce Council are passionate about workforce development. “Our current focus is Success Plus, and we have five standing committees to address issues,” he said.
From employment and unemployment standpoints, Washington that pointed out that rates are at their highest and unemployment rates are at their lowest points ever. “If someone wants a job, then he or she can get a job.”
Laney stated that the ALSDE is disrupting the way it normally operates to achieve success. “We are focusing on credentials and increasing the positive perception of career technical education.”
Three regions were recognized for their outstanding performance in workforce development. The team from West AlabamaWorks received first place for its outstanding efforts in workforce innovation, while North AlabamaWorks! and East AlabamaWorks received second place and third place, respectively.
Breakout sessions included Substance Abuse in the Workplace, Camera-Ready Communities, Child Labor and updates from each of the seven regions.
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