On Oct. 1, 2015, Workforce Development became a division of the Alabama Department of Commerce. For current information on Workforce Development, visit their site at www.madeinalabama.com.
ADECA's Workforce Development Division administers a variety of programs and grants to help enhance Alabama's workforce and provide assistance to workers.
The U.S. Congress passed the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) in 1998 to create a customer-focused approach to investing in workforce activities. Under the act, ADECA's Workforce Development Division works with the Alabama Workforce Investment Board and Local Workforce Investment Boards to implement employment, training and career development programs. The governor appoints the state workforce board members to help oversee the statewide workforce investment system, including Alabama's One-Stop Career Centers. The One-Stop Career Centers provide employment assistance, adult education and job training, and other services for adults, youth, dislocated workers and special populations.
The state and local workforce boards develop and administer activities in local workforce investment areas. Working together, board members promote workforce development partnerships with local governments, schools, community colleges, businesses, local chambers of commerce, family service centers, non-profit organizations and others.
There are three workforce investment areas for Alabama:
1. Jefferson County Workforce Investment Area
2. Mobile County Workforce Investment Area
3. Alabama Workforce Investment Area
Jefferson County Workforce Investment Area
The Jefferson County Workforce Investment Area office provides planning, coordination, monitoring and evaluation services to participating organizations. The office works to create and operate a premier workforce development system that fosters economic development by linking employers and job seekers with education and training providers, educating and training a marketable workforce, and serving as the resource for information and services to meet the needs of Jefferson County's workforce and employers.
The following PDF documents provide more information on this Jefferson County office. Click here to visit their website.
Mobile County Workforce Investment Area
The Mobile County Workforce Investment Area is known as Mobile Works. Their slogan is "finding quality people for quality jobs."
In order for businesses to grow and compete in the local and global economy, they must have skilled, experienced workers. New and evolving business models reaffirm that education, job training and career development are the cornerstones of economic security for Mobile County's workers.
Mobile Works is dedicated to building a world-class workforce with solutions that create a stronger economy, so that all Mobilians have the opportunity to share in the prosperity of Mobile.
To learn more about Mobile Works and their programs, visit their website: www.mobile-works.org.
Alabama Workforce Investment Area
The Alabama Workforce Investment Area covers the other 65 counties in the state.
To find your local career center, click here.
Alabama's network of One-Stop Centers and satellites are strategically located throughout the state. Job development, occupational and educational training, vocational rehabilitation, veterans' services and unemployment insurance information are offered.
Employers work with local centers to locate employees with specific skills, and the goal is to consolidate the delivery of services at a single location. Many centers are electronically linked with partner agencies, such as the Alabama departments of Industrial Relations, Human Resources, Rehabilitation Services, and Education, two-year colleges, and others.
Job information and local Career Center locations can be found on the Alabama JobLink website: joblink.alabama.gov.
In a constantly changing marketplace that requires new technology and demands new skills, the Incumbent Worker Training Program helps Alabama employers cover expenses for workers to upgrade and acquire new skills, helping companies to meet foreign competition, avoid layoffs and stay open.
ADECA's Workforce Development Division administers the program funding, which comes from the U.S. Department of Labor.
This training program is specifically designed for businesses to apply for skill-training upgrades for existing employees. Individuals requesting training assistance should contact their local Career Centers for guidance; a complete list of Career Centers can be found at the following website: https://joblink.alabama.gov/ada/works/contactus.cfm.
Application Forms: PDF | Word
There are two On-the-Job Training Programs: New Hire and Performance-Based Training. Funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, the OJT Program gives individuals an opportunity to learn job skills and allow employers to train new employees while saving money and training costs.
The New Hire OJT Program allows an employer to receive up to 50 percent reimbursement of hourly wages paid to a trainee. The reimbursement serves as an incentive to encourage employers to hire individuals who do not have all the required skills for a particular job.
The Performance-Based OJT agreements are designed to offer training for a large number of employees for a short period of training time. This includes skilled and/or unskilled workers when time is of the essence.
More information on the OJT Program can be found in the brochure below:
On-the-Job Training brochure
An Individual Training Account (ITA) is an account established by the Alabama Workforce Investment Board on behalf of Workforce Investment Act (WIA) participants to assist them in the attainment of Training Services. The Youth, Adult and Dislocated Worker funds available under Title I of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 are used to purchase Training Services from eligible Training Providers selected by participants in consultation with Alabama Career Center staff through development of the Individual Employment Plan or Individual Service Strategy (IEP/ISS). These funds are made available through the Alabama Workforce Investment Area (AWIA). Priority of services is given to Veterans and their spouses.
ITAs are also provided through the State level using Governor's Setaside Funds. These ITAs are linked to Dislocated Workers who have received services from the State's Rapid Response Team. These guidelines are also to be used on a statewide basis when Governor's Setaside Funds are being used to finance an ITA, and when ITAs are being financed from funds made available to the State from National Emergency Grant (NEG) funds to serve Dislocated Workers. For the purposes of these guidelines, ITA will be used synonymously when referring to an Individual Training Account (Adults and Dislocated Workers) or Individual Referral (Youth).
AWIA Dual Enrollment for In-School Youth serves youth who are currently attending secondary school in grades 10-12 who plan to pursue a two year degree in a Technical Skills Training Program. The AWIA has authorized WIA In-School youth funding for students enrolled in Career Technical Programs through their High School.
Read more on the ITA / Individual Referral Guidelines
ADECA's Workforce Development Division provides on-site assistance to workers when plants announce layoffs. Once ADECA receives notice of plant closings or substantial layoffs, the Rapid Response Team swiftly reacts and meets on-site with employers and employees affected by job losses. At the employee group meetings, workers receive information about unemployment compensation, pension benefits, job training, employment services, health insurance, credit counseling and many other services.
The division serves as the State Dislocated Worker Unit for Alabama, and notices of plant closings and layoffs should be sent to ADECA under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN.) The U.S. Department of Labor provides a guide to this act on their website.
The unit can help businesses manage multiple priorities during a layoff or closing situation. The sooner that workers start to manage the transition, the better the outcome for themselves and the employer.
Rapid Response helps affected employees return to work and maintain their standard of living and helps the business to demonstrate good corporate citizenship in the community.
ADECA's Workforce Development Division has no administrative or enforcement authority under the Warn Act, and therefore does not provide legal advice or interpretations relative to specific provisions of the act as they may apply to a specific dislocation events (i.e. Plant/Facility Closing/Layoff). Questions relative to employer/employee relationships (including oral or written employment contracts or agreements), and/or interpretation of provisions of the WARN Act as they may apply to circumstances relating to specific layoff actions should be addressed by legal professionals.
The "Alabama WARN list" which identifies dislocation events (plants closures and layoffs) reported to ADECA under requirements of the WARN Act and those events where Rapid Response Team assistance has been activated may be accessed here.
Have you been laid off? Are you about to experience a layoff? Click the link below to download a PDF guide with information you may need:
Dislocated Worker Resource Information
Workforce Investment Act funds also provide services including programs for out-of-school youth that lack basic skills and are unemployed or underemployed and assistance for those with disabilities.
For those looking to enhance their job skills or find employment, sometimes new job training can help provide a needed boost. You may be eligible to have at least some of that training paid for under the Workforce Investment Act. To search for available training programs, financial aid and other resources, visit the Eligible Training Provider List website at www.etpl.alabama.gov.
Mentor Alabama is a program which partners with the Alabama Bureau of Investigation (ABI) to help facilitate and fund the background check process for potential adult mentors as a service for mentoring organizations throughout the state of Alabama.
The program maintains no formal agreements with the organizations they serve. It is best described as a loose affiliation of mentoring organizations that have opted to utilize the state’s services for their background checks in order to provide qualified mentors for their youth mentees.
The number of organizations we work with on a weekly basis varies greatly as does the frequency and volume of background checks we process. Many of these variables are seasonal since a large number of these organizations recruit heavily on college campuses at the beginning and end of each semester.
Mentor Alabama works with more than 100 mentoring organizations across the state, but typically, there is a core group of approximately 20 organizations that receive some type of service daily.
The majority of activities handled by ADECA’s Mentor Alabama staff consist of providing technical assistance to the mentoring organizations and working with ABI staff to approve background checks and prove the organizations with timely determinations for their applicants.
ADECA must provide written approval for each participant application prior to forwarding this information to ABI for the background check process to begin. Once the background check is complete, it is our responsibility to provide the organization with a determination stating whether this person is fit to mentor youth mentees based on criterion pursuant to the PROTECT Act.
We also must fulfill all requests we receive through our website (www.mentor.alabama.gov) from interested persons who wish to become a mentor for a child in Alabama and are looking for a mentoring organization in their area.
Mentor Alabama staff is also responsible for processing payments made to the Department of Public Safety (DPS) through our Financial Services Division as well as maintaining all interdepartmental agreements between DPS and ADECA.
The Alabama Community Partnership for Recovery and Reentry (CPR Network) provides a network of support for individuals transitioning from our correctional facilities to their families and communities.
Partnerships and collaborations among state and local governmental agencies, faith and community-based organizations, local groups and individuals provide resources to these individuals and families, helping them meet the particular challenges they face in their reentry.
Collectively, these efforts can be effective in breaking the cycle of re-offending and helping these individuals become law-abiding and productive citizens, responsible parents and contributing members of their communities.
Public safety is increased and tax dollars are saved through successful transitions versus the cost of re-incarceration, and information sharing and community partnerships are increased and enhanced, building healthier and safer communities throughout the state.
Agency partners include the Alabama Department of Corrections, the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles, the Department of Human Resources, the Department of Public Health, Alabama’s Career Center System and the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services. Faith and community-based partners include Community Action Agencies, Family Service Centers, Aid to Inmate Mothers, New Beginnings Foundation, Alabama Justice Ministries Network, The Dannon Project and various state and local church conferences, congregations and individuals.
With continued collaboration, increased partnerships and information sharing, the CPR Network will continue to meet the challenge in assisting ex-offenders and positioning them for success in their reentry.
On June 26, 2013, ADECA was awarded Workforce Investment Act, National Emergency Grant funds in the amount of $1,192,254 by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration to address the state’s need to expand the use of training to meet the needs of dislocated workers, especially the long-term (unemployed for a period of 27 consecutive weeks or more) and Unemployment Insurance recipients, who have been profiled as likely to exhaust their benefits. Also, priority of services for post 9/11 veterans applies to opportunities for training with this grant award. On-the-Job Training with private-for-profit employers as well as referral to public colleges or private-for-profit trainers are two training activities allowed with this grant.
Those who believe that they may qualify (as noted above) for training in a new occupation are encouraged to contact their local One-Stop Career Center (sometimes called “the Unemployment Office”) and ask about services being provided by this grant award. (Services are available in all of Alabama’s counties except Jefferson and Mobile Counties, which are serving dislocated workers with their regular formula-allocated dislocated worker funds.) The Grant Award ends on June 30. 2015.
The Alabama Disability Employment Initiative (ADEI) provides improved education, training, and employment opportunities for youth with disabilities ages 19 to 24, who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits.
The primary goal is for participating youth to enter meaningful and substantial employment. The initiative will also work to increase the capacity of the public workforce system in Alabama to successfully serve persons with disabilities. ADECA's Workforce Development Division received a three-year, $3 Million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration to fund ADEI from October 2013 through January 2017. ADECA serves as the grant administrator and is partnering with the Alabama Department of Mental Health (ADMH) and the Alabama Career Center System, which directly provide services to youth participating in the program. Other agencies partnering in ADEI include the Alabama Department of Labor, the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, and the Alabama Community College System. Coordination among these agencies ensures youth with disabilities have access to all services available through these organizations.
ADEI services are delivered and coordinated by Disability Resource Coordinators, who will work with youth to identify employment and training goals and help them access assistance needed to reach their goals. Customized employment will also be available on a limited basis.
ADEI services are available to eligible youth with disabilities ages 19 to 24 living in or near the pilot area, which includes the majority of Alabama Workforce Investment Area (AWIA) Area Two: Blount, Calhoun, Chambers, Cherokee, Chilton, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Cullman, Etowah, Lee, Randolph, Shelby, St. Clair, Talladega, Tallapoosa, and Walker Counties. Performance data from the pilot area will be compared against performance data from AWIA Area One, where ADEI services are not available, in order to identify successful practices to replicate statewide.
Youth who are interested in ADEI services may apply to participate in the program at the Alabama Career Centers located in Alabaster, Anniston, Gadsden, Hanceville, Jasper, Opelika and Talladega.
Alabaster Career Center
109 Plaza Circle
Alabaster, Alabama 35007
Anniston Career Center
1731 Coleman Road
Anniston, Alabama 36207-6811
Gadsden Career Center
216 North 5th Street
Gadsden, Alabama 35901
Hanceville Career Center
801 Main Street NW
P.O. Box 1087
Hanceville, Alabama 35077
Jasper Career Center
2604 Viking Drive
Jasper, Alabama 35501
Opelika Career Center
2300 Frederick Road
Opelika, Alabama 36801
Talladega Career Center
1005 South Street, East
Talladega, Alabama 35160