Job Training

Quality workforce development for new and existing Alabama industries requires quick and complete response. Alabama Industrial Development Training (AIDT) provides on-the-spot training even before you have a place to provide on-the-job training. Instruction can be conducted in your plant, at one of the three training centers located strategically throughout the state, at leased facilities or in one of the mobile training units that can be transported to your plant site. Any of these locations, including the mobile units, can be customized with the equipment and training materials needed to meet your needs for classroom and hands-on training.

On-The-Job Training (OJT) Program gives individuals an opportunity to learn job skills and allows employers to train new employees while saving money on training cost. Employers may receive up to a fifty percent reimbursement of hourly wages paid to a trainee. This reimbursement serves as an incentive to encourage employers to hire individuals who do not have all the required skills for a particular job. This program is designed to fulfill the employment needs of local employers by providing a trained workforce while increasing productivity and profits.

AIDT Workforce Development Procedures

Betty Carol Graham Technology Center

The Betty Carol Graham Technology Center is dedicated to increasing the competitiveness of companies, improving the effectiveness of the workforce, and enhancing Alabama's economic development efforts through a flexible and responsive combination of education, technical assistance, and technology transfer. This Center is one of seven technology centers operated in cooperation with the Alabama Technology Network.

The Technology Center offers services in direct response to a prioritized list of needs from manufacturers, creating opportunity to expand capabilities as resources are matched against manufacturing needs across all industries. Proposed programs and activities for the new Technology Center are:

  • State of the art industrial maintenance program
  • Computer training labs
  • Large auditorium for video teleconferencing and distance training
  • Expansion of current programs and capabilities in quality programs (such as ISO 9000 & TQM)
  • State of the art language lab
  • Programs i Lean Manufacturing, Strategy and Tactics of constraint Management
  • Link K-14, economic development organizations and existing industry services
  • Assist Alabama Development Office in preparing a workforce for emerging industries such as semi-conductor, microelectronics and automotive industries
  • Automotive technology.

Alabama Technology Network

The Center for Textile and Apparel Technology in Alexander City provides help to all local industries by offering training. This non-profit organization was designed to provide flexible and responsive services that meet the needs of local companies. It also provides a wide variety of training and leadership, management and team building both in a classroom setting an its new outdoor experimental learning facility.

The Center is one of the Alabama Technology Networks 10 centers around the state. The Center is an active participant in the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, a program of the Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology, providing experienced answers to help solve almost any problem your industry might face.

Gateway To Education

The Alexander City Chamber of Commerce recently adopted a program to enhance workforce development through education and job training initiatives that will provide qualifying students a free,two-year scholarship to Central Alabama Community College. The program will benefit any Alexander City student who meets the admission criteria, especially those who might not otherwise be able to afford to attend college or technical school, but who have the skills to move forward.

The goal of this program is to crate an incentive for high school students to go one step further in training and education and to provide a higher quality of trained workers for our current and future industries and businesses.