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Apprenticeship Alabama

In January 2017, the Alabama Department of Commerce officially launched Apprenticeship Alabama, a program committed to ensuring employers in Alabama have the tools needed to develop an industry-driven, Registered Apprenticeship (RA) program. The program offers tax credits to companies that hire qualified apprentices who receive classroom or industry-specific instruction and on-the-job training. For workers, RAs offer opportunities to earn a salary while learning the skill trade necessary to succeed in high-demand careers.

Apprenticeship Alabama follows the U.S. Department of Labor guidelines for apprenticeships and focuses on five industry sectors targeted in the state’s strategic plan for growth, Accelerate Alabama:

•    Healthcare

•    Construction/Carpentry

•    Information Technology

•    Distribution/Transportation/Logistics

•    Advanced Manufacturing/Industrial Maintenance

The groundwork for Apprenticeship Alabama was laid in May 2016 when the Alabama Legislature passed Senate Bill 90, sponsored by Senator Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, creating the state’s Apprenticeship Tax Credit. Senator Orr worked with Ed Castile, deputy secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce and director of AIDT, to research state apprenticeship programs and draft a plan for Alabama.

Whether you are an employer looking to hire, train or retain a skilled workforce, or a worker looking for a new career in a well-paying occupation, RAs can help you achieve your goals.

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