Boosting crucial workforce development in Alabama, The University of Alabama Education Policy Center recently helped build and launch a new tool that promotes apprenticeships and connects students, job seekers and employers across the state.
The Center partnered with the new Alabama Office of Apprenticeship to create an interactive dashboard to promote registered apprenticeship expansion in Alabama. The tool provides useful, up-to-date information for anyone interested in apprenticeships, including students, parents, training providers, workforce agencies and employers.
The dashboard is one of the first in the country to provide a one-stop shop for exploring currently registered apprenticeships at the state level.
“We are proud of the work that The University of Alabama Education Policy Center has done to create an innovative tool that will help all Alabamians access apprenticeship opportunities,” said Josh Laney, AOA’s director. “This one-of-a-kind dashboard is another example of how Alabama is striving to provide high-quality customer service to our employers in meeting their workforce needs, as well as expanding career pathways for our citizens.”
On the dashboard, employers can search for potential apprenticeship opportunities applicable to their company. High school students can explore local apprenticeship opportunities to which they can apply upon graduation. All information and more can be accessed interactively, through features like a point-and-click map, or statically through downloadable tables and exported graphics. That way users can view the information they want however they want.
“It is a privilege for this Center and The University of Alabama to be of service to business and state leaders working to achieve Gov. Kay Ivey’s important goal of 500,000 more Alabamians with recognized degrees and certificates by 2025,” UA’s Education Policy Center Director Dr. Steve Katsinas said. “Helping more Alabamians into better jobs is good for our state and nation. That is exactly what the Alabama Office of Apprenticeship is doing.”
The dashboard is live now.
The University of Alabama, part of The University of Alabama System, is the state’s flagship university. UA shapes a better world through its teaching, research and service. With a global reputation for excellence, UA provides an inclusive, forward-thinking environment and nearly 200 degree programs on a beautiful, student-centered campus. A leader in cutting-edge research, UA advances discovery, creative inquiry and knowledge through more than 30 research centers. As the state’s largest higher education institution, UA drives economic growth in Alabama and beyond.