In an increasingly complex economy, the skills and talent of a community's people will determine its economic future. That’s why we’re committed to a robust workforce development strategy that supports the recruitment, training and retention of highly skilled individuals to serve our employers’ needs. 58 INC. have been at the grassroots of many of the innovative workforce development initiatives being implemented in the Birmingham region such as the recently expanded U.S. Department of Labor Registered Manufacturing Apprenticeships and the High School Ready to Work Program. By partnering with employers, educational institutions, and training providers, our mission is to build a world-class workforce for Shelby County's future.
Manufacturing Apprenticeships Initiative
Over the past two years, a collaboration of public and private sector organizations have developed three new US DOL Registered Apprenticeships to serve manufacturers in Shelby County and the Birmingham region. Through a partnership between Jefferson State Community College, Lawson State Community College, Central Six AlabamaWorks, the Central Alabama Partnership for Training and Education (CAPTE), Alabama Career Centers, and a consortium of companies, new apprenticeship programs have been established in CNC Machining, Industrial Maintenance, and Welding. These collaborative workforce programs are supported by federal and state grants. 17 registered apprentices are currently enrolled in the program at four different local employers. A new pre-apprenticeship pathway was created in 2020, allowing students to complete coursework in advance of applying for the Registered Apprenticeship and on-the-job training. For more information, visit www.centralsix.org/jobs
JumpStartAL is a public-private partnership focused on creating the next generation of skilled labor utilizing innovative solutions. JumpStartAL partners directly with TRANSFRVR, an education technology company focused on specialized training curriculum that is offered through a virtual reality platform. TRANSFR simulations are designed to teach trainees the way experts teach novices, through trial and error with the guidance of a virtual coach. TRANSFRVR designs training simulations by engaging subject matter experts to ensure every simulation is authentic, effective, engaging, and efficient. In July, 2020, JumpStartAL launched a pilot initiative at five community colleges across the State of Alabama with plans to offer the same to select high schools in January, 2021. 58 Inc. is pleased to serve on the steering committee and is excited that Jefferson State Community College and Vincent High School have been selected as pilot site locations. Initial content is designed for skills in advanced manufacturing such as precision measurement, blueprint reading and safety. However, applicability across a variety of industry sectors is feasible and expected as program expands. For more information, click here
Ready to Work (RTW) is a career exposure and soft skills training program that provides participants with the skills needed to be successful in today’s workplace. RTW is now being offered to seniors in eight area high schools by combining workplace readiness training with employer-driven curriculum and career exposure through company engagement in the classroom and industry tours. The RTW curriculum is set to standards cited by business and industry employers throughout the state, and the skills cited in the U. S. Department of Labor’s Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS) Reports.
Alabama Industrial Development Training (AIDT), 58 INC., and The Shelby County Chamber are proud to offer a series of online leadership courses focused on skills that all leaders, supervisors, or managers need to be more effective such as leadership, communication, teamwork, and leading multiple generations. Companies in the Shelby County area are invited to send personnel to this training course. Spots are limited to the first 20 participants. Attendees must pass a written exam at the end of the course to receive AIDT’s Certified Leader Credential. There is NO COST for this training. A new schedule of classes is released each year. For more information on course content click here
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Career exposure for high school students is a critical component of our workforce development strategy. 58 INC, The Shelby County Chamber, and Central Six AlabamaWorks! collaborate on a variety of programs for K-12 students including Manufacturing Industry Tours and two hands-on career fairs- WOW and Shelby County Connect 2 Careers. Connect 2 Careers is a hands-on and interactive exposition event for all 10th grade students in Shelby County. Students are able to become familiar with a broad range of high demand, high wage career opportunities with local employers. For more information on Connect 2 Careers, click here
The Central Alabama Partnership for Training and Employment (CAPTE) serves as the mechanism for implementation of Workforce Innovations and Opportunity Act (WIOA) programming and administration of WIOA funds for a six county region that includes Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair, Blount, Walker and Chilton Counties. WIOA is national legislation that was signed into law in July, 2014, and ensures that the public workforce system operates as a comprehensive, integrated, and streamlined system to provide pathways to prosperity for those it serves and continuously improves the quality and performance of its services. Programs are fully funded with federal funds made available to the State of Alabama Department of Commerce by the US Department of Labor. 58 Inc. staff serves on the CAPTE/WIOA board and is actively engaged in the board’s effort to help individuals find good jobs and stay employed while improving employer prospects for success in the global marketplace. For more information on Alabama’s WIOA structure, click here
Innovate Birmingham is a grant funded workforce development program initiated by UAB designed to meet the IT workforce needs in the Birmingham region while also harnessing the potential of underemployed and unemployed residents by offering training for free. IT skills and credentials can be obtained in a variety of formats.
- Accelerated programs in coding and data analytics are bootcamps designed to be completed in less than four months.
- Technology Apprenticeship program prepares individuals for a successful career in software development by combining related instruction with paid work experience and mentorship resulting in a nationally recognized credential over a period of years.
- Degrees and certificate programs allow for full time tech-related students to receive scholarships while pursuing qualifying majors or minors at UAB, Jeff State or Lawson State
For more information about how to enroll or serve as an employer partner, click here