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Success Plus initiative aims to add 500,000 high-skill workers

MOBILE, Alabama — A new strategic workforce development initiative targets the addition of 500,000 high-skilled employees to Alabama’s workforce by 2025 in response to increasing employer demands for the higher levels of talent needed in modern workplaces.

Representatives of the Alabama Workforce Council, a group of high-level business leaders from across the state, presented Governor Kay Ivey with a report today on the Success Plus initiative, which aims to prepare a pipeline of workers with industry-recognized skills obtained through earning certificates, credentials or degrees.

“Success Plus research recognizes that Alabama will need to add as many as 500,000 high-skilled employees to the workforce by 2025 to fill industry’s labor needs and compete for new businesses, which would equate to approximately 60 percent of the state’s working age population,” the report says.

Governor Ivey said the initiative is needed because the skills required to compete in the 21st Century workplaces are shifting.

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