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Alabama Workforce Council proposals aim to create pathway to high-wage jobs

MONTGOMERY, Alabama — Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield said proposals from the Alabama Workforce Council, a panel that studied ways to advance the state’s workforce development efforts, could create a pathway that steers more Alabamians into high-wage, high-demand jobs.

Secretary Canfield said the panel’s recommendations come as employers in Alabama are demanding that workers have greater levels of education and skill to carry out complex duties in technology-heavy workplaces. To ensure residents have the proper credentials for 21st Century jobs, Alabama’s business leaders and educational officials must collaborate more closely than ever, he added.

“As we focus our economic development efforts more on advanced manufacturing projects and on research and product development operations, we are finding that companies want workers who possess the necessary skills and need only minimal training,” Secretary Canfield said. “These high-paying opportunities depend more on technical skills and problem-solving abilities than on manual labor.”

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