MOBILE, Ala. (AL.com) — Speaking Monday afternoon at the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Gov. Kay Ivey set a new goal -- for the state to add half a million skilled employees to its workforce by 2025 -- and unveiled a new initiative to address the challenge.
Despite the scope of its ambition, that Success Plus campaign doesn't provide new funding or create any new training institutions. Alabama Workforce Council Chairman Zeke Smith said the nine-month effort to develop it focused on ways to inform Alabamians about the state's increasing needs for skilled workers, to make them more aware of the resources available to them and to develop "pathways" for them to acquire needed skills. He described its webpage as a "one-stop shop" for students and their parents.
"We're going to be utilizing a lot of the great funding that the governor and the legislature has already allowed us to have, to do some marketing programs," Lynn said. "And again through some of the funding that we already have as part of the budgeting process, we'll be taking advantage of those funds."
The goals of Success Plus are spelled out on a new website, www.alabamaworks.com/successplus/. At the page, a detailed report on the plan's development and goals can be downloaded.