Donny Jones, team leader for West Alabama Works and COO of the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama, thinks a new partnership in Alabama joining regional and federal groups into the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Board will help more people to find good paying jobs.
"We see this is going to be a great marriage between industry led initiatives and some of the federal dollars that are being pushed down to help individuals find jobs," Jones said.
Jones estimates there are around 5,000 jobs in west Alabama that can't be filled because employers can't find workers trained to do them.
Those jobs in the automotive industry, manufacturing and healthcare.
"We do not have enough workers trained in the middle skills. It does not mean middle pay," according to Jones.
The WOIA Board's goal is to provide resources to fill jobs in Alabama not requiring a four-year degree.
But they can be earned through certifications that you can get from a two year college.
You can find more information on where to go to get that training by going to www.westalabamaworks.com
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