Secondary and post-secondary educators, administrators, counselors, career coaches, career services professionals, human resource managers and recruiters from around the Birmingham region attended the Birmingham Business Alliance’s Managing the Talent Pipeline Workshop at the Alabama Workforce Training Center recently.
The workshop gave participants the opportunity to discuss successful programs and challenges facing the Birmingham and Alabama workforce. It also informed workforce providers about the Birmingham economy, changing workforce trends and resources that exist to help connect talent to opportunities and training in the Birmingham area.
Participants learned about local workforce development programs such as the Bold Goals initiative, Alabama Works, the Innovate Birmingham Regional Workforce Partnership, DepotU, the Talent Pipeline Management program and the Academy of Craft Training at the Alabama Workforce Training Center, from community partners such as United Way of Central Alabama, Central Six Alabama Works, the Associated Builders and Contractors, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Innovation Depot and the Birmingham Business Alliance.
Professionals from workforce resource departments highlighted the important role education in k-12 plays in the local and state workforce.
“We’ve got to do workforce development, but also build a system for every student to be ready through the next several generations,” said Dan Stephens, vice president of community impact and education at United Way. “The need for highly skilled talent is only increasing.”
“The roles played by employers, nonprofits and workforce providers are changing in Alabama and the Birmingham region,” said Waymond Jackson, vice president of workforce development for the Birmingham Business Alliance. “The workforce development system is more aligned around meeting the needs of industry than ever before.”
Earlier this year, the BBA was chosen to participate in the U.S. Chambers Talent Pipeline Management Academy. Last week’s workshop was just the start of the BBA’s strategy to align workforce providers with the hiring needs of industries under the Talent Pipeline Management program.
In January 2017, the initiative will be rolled out to all regional workforce stakeholders.
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Interviews in the Birmingham Career Center
Week of December 12-16, 2016
Monday, December 12th
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Alabama Department of Corrections will be interviewing for Correctional Officer Trainees.
Tuesday, December 13th
9:30 am to 12:30 pm
WIS International will be interviewing for Drivers and Traveling Inventory Associates.
10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Marathon Staffing will be recruiting for Event Set-up Team Members.
Birmingham, Alabam Career Center
3440 3rd Ave S, Birmingham, Alabama
Waffle House is hiring.
Interviews are held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9 am to 2 pm. For more information, contact Lisa Jordan at 205-413-2844.
The Economic Development Partnership of Alabama (EDPA) is accepting applications for its 2017 Alabama Launchpad startup competition until 9 a.m. on December 19.
Alabama Launchpad is for new, innovative ventures in the seed or early-growth stages, or for existing businesses moving into a new high-growth market. Participants have unique opportunities to access sound business advice and critical startup capital. Alabama Launchpad's 2017 competition cycle is offering up to $250,000 in startup funding.
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During each round of the competition, the Birmingham Business Alliance (BBA) offers its Spark mentoring and coaching program to Alabama Launchpad competitors. Since 2012, Spark has helped 21 companies receive more than $950,000 in funding. For more information and to RSVP, contact Victor Brown.