The annual Governor’s Survey of Employer Competencies was established in 2020 to gain industry insight to align education and workforce strategies to the needs of Alabama employers. The governor is leading a strategy to develop a common language of competencies that are required for every demand occupation in the state and align that common language to credentials and degrees.

The responses to this survey are provided to the Alabama Committee on Credentials and Career Pathways (ACCCP) technical advisory committees.  These committees consist of industry representatives whose purpose is to review occupational competency models to align them with employer feedback and adjust for new technological skills.  The committees also make suggestions on credentials that align with demand occupations, to produce an Alabama Compendium of Valuable Credentials.

The more feedback we get from Alabama employers, the more successful these tools will be for Alabamians’ success in high-demand careers and for Alabama businesses seeking a qualified workforce.

“The information we receive from the survey will help us develop education and workforce training programs that prepare students and job seekers for the most in-demand jobs in our state,” said Tim McCartney, the chairman of the Alabama Workforce Council.

This survey will be distributed electronically beginning November 7 to approximately 2200 employers by email, which will include a link to complete the survey in SurveyMonkey. Your participation in the annual Governor’s Survey of Employer Competencies will directly impact the development and sustainability of Alabama’s full-scale talent marketplace.  The results from this survey are directly impacting the development of the tools that will create Alabama’s Talent Triad. 

Below is a summary of products that your responses will support.

  • The three items being developed for demand occupations are
    • Competency models that include a tiered system for identifying the competencies that are required to perform each demand occupation
    • Compendium of valuable credentials – credentials of value aligned to each demand occupation
    • Career Pathways for occupations that demonstrate the skills adjacency of competencies between occupations
  • These 3 components will be the basis for the Alabama Talent Triad, which will revolutionize Alabama’s workforce training system by
    • Allowing employers to develop skills-based job descriptions that are derived from competency models
    • Tagging credentials to demand occupations based on feedback from Alabama employers
    • Tagging credentials to the competencies allows skills to be the unit of transaction between employers and education and training providers, which will permit time- and credit-based programs to be converted to competencies

The Skills Based Job Description Generator is a tool for employers to:

  • Access competencies and credentials required for jobs they need to fill
  • Build job postings for those job openings using templates contained in the tool
  • Connect to individuals in the state that have earned the credentials required for the jobs through the ACCET tool and provide a means of contacting them

The Alabama College and Career Exploration Tool and Learning Employment Record is a tool for learners to:

  • Build a digital record that contains an individual’s complete training history, including all credentials earned
  • Align individual training to occupations, and connect them to job openings in the SBJDG
  • Build resume based on individuals’ digital wallets, updating the resume automatically as new credentials are earned
  • Provide a method for individuals to make their digital wallets accessible to employers, and connect to employers that have job openings in their field

The Alabama Credential Registry is a tool for education providers to:

  • Align credential training programs in the state to competencies for demand occupations
  • Provide individuals a resource in ACCET find training near them, and research the training requirements, costs, occupational licenses, etc.