Regional Council Workforce Profile
Regional Workforce Profiles Released as Tool to Help Alabama Reach Attainment Goal
MONTGOMERY, Ala – Under the leadership of Governor Kay Ivey, Alabama set the ambitious attainment goal of adding 500,000 credentialed Alabamians to the
labor force, surpassing the national labor force participation rate and returning to pre-pandemic employment levels. Reaching these goals requires
understanding the differences across Alabama's seven workforce regions and expanding place-based strategies that serve the education and workforce
needs of our communities.
Creating opportunities and empowering students for success begins with a thorough knowledge of the current workforce landscape as well as factors that
impact access to education and employment. Through an Equity Leadership Acceleration Grant from the Lumina Foundation, the Alabama Commission on Higher
Education and Equivolve Consulting, in partnership with the Alabama Workforce Council and the Governor’s Office of Education and Workforce Transformation,
collaborated to produce a tool with key data points for each region, which will provide a foundation for collaboration, shared resources and enhanced
communication among stakeholders in order to achieve the state’s attainment goal.
“Growing Alabama’s workforce is essential for our state’s prosperity, and it is why I set the goal of adding 500,000 more skilled Alabamians to the
labor force”, said Governor Kay Ivey. “I am proud of the great work going on throughout the state, and these Regional Workforce Profiles will help
broaden our efforts. I offer my sincerest thanks to the Lumina Foundation for selecting Alabama for this opportunity.”
“Postsecondary learning has never mattered more than it does right now to our state,” said Jim Purcell, executive director, Alabama Commission on
Higher Education. “The workforce profiles will serve as valuable guides for developing new certificates and degrees to meet the needs of employers
and provide pathways for Alabamians into those middle- and high-skill jobs that employers are looking to fill.”
“As we continue building out our skills-based hiring programs and initiatives, these regional profiles will enable us to further understand the
complexities of each region and more effectively reach our target audience,” said Alabama Workforce Council Chairman Tim McCartney. “This important
data will help business and industry, together with the state, break down barriers and promote the credential and competency-based career pathways model.”
“The workforce profiles allow us finally, to gain a more in-depth understanding of what makes up a particular region’s workforce, it’s strengths and
weaknesses and gives us an amount of insight that we’ve not had before,” said Ed Castile, Deputy Secretary of Commerce. “The information is invaluable
in helping us plan the next steps to achieving Governor Ivey’s attainment goal.”
"Developing these profiles is a critical step toward adding 500,000 credentialed Alabamians to the labor force”, said Glenn Love, CEO of Equivolve.
“Not only do the profiles offer a window into the state’s workforce, they provide the Ivey administration with an opportunity to develop strategies
that are data-driven, responsive, and equitable."
“This is going to provide the regional workforce councils a framework to connect the dots and help all partners understand overall goals are and how
to get there, said Donny Jones, Executive Director of the Region 3 Workforce Development Council/West AlabamaWorks. “The K-12 education, community
college and 4-year university systems are the bedrock of our workforce efforts, but these profiles will also help connect the non-profit and religious
organizations as the wrap around services they provide are key to moving the needle and helping people obtain their career goals. It will take all
of us working together to achieve this.”
Each regional profile contains background information, an education snapshot, a workforce snapshot, employment access and regional key findings.
They can be viewed and downloaded at www.alabamaworks.com/regionalprofiles.
For additional information Go to Alabama Works.