ABC & AIDT Collaborate on Workforce Shortage
As Alabama experiences more collaboration between the public and private sectors to solve the workforce issue, ABC of Alabama continues to push ahead.
On Wednesday, March 23, ABC of Alabama members representing various craft trades visited with state officials in Montgomery to continue to streamline all efforts toward workforce development into one direction. State officials provided the association with a comprehensive overview of all of the different approaches the state is using to ensure construction has the workforce it needs to continue to be a 10 billion dollar impact to the state’s economy. “Once we heard everything the state is doing to assist construction, I was pleasantly surprised," said ABC of Alabama Chairman of the Board Randall Curtis. "Our association has ensured we are being heard in Montgomery when it comes to our worker shortage.”
After the state’s presentation, ABC of Alabama members presented real world scenarios of the obstacles they face, as well as the successes some contractors are experiencing with their training programs.
ABC of Alabama's representatives in attendance included: Jay Grubbs (Ra-Lin), Jason Goodgame (Goodgame Construction), Jay Reed (ABC), Todd Walker (ABC), Bruce Taylor (Marathon Electrical Contractors), Randall Curtis (Hoar Construction), Allen McCain (Bright Future Electric), Kirk Patterson (PATCO Electrical Contractors), Brent Arnold (Auburn Electric), Jonathan Watts (Selective Masonry), Allen Harris (Bailey-Harris Construction), Joe Moon (Moon Construction) and John Windle (Ard Contracting).
State officials in attendance included: Dr. Phillip Cleveland (State Director of Career and Technical Education), Ed Castile (AIDT Director), Gene Dudley (Director of Career and Technical Education) and Fitzgerald Washington (Alabama Department of Labor Commissioner).
The group ended the meeting with defining specific action items that can continue to result in apprentices in training programs, which will yield future craftsmen. Over the next few months, the association and state leaders will regroup. Look for more details on ABC of Alabama's website.