Workforce Perspectives is a monthly blog focused on Workforce Development in the East Alabama Region. Written by East AlabamaWorks Program Manager Carl Brady. Workforce Perspectives also appears as a monthly column in The Messenger, a weekly newspaper in Gadsden, Alabama.
(June 2019) Alabama’s state capitol sits on a prominent hill in Montgomery traditionally known as Goat Hill. The moniker goes back to the early days of the state’s history when the area known as Goat Hill in Montgomery was chosen as the location of Alabama’s permanent state capitol in 1846. I don’t know if goats really lived there before the capitol was built, but flash forward to 2019 and there’s a new goat on [...]
(April 2019) As previously discussed in this column, the East AlabamaWorks Regional Workforce Council operates under the umbrella of the Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama. As the fiscal sponsor for East AlabamaWorks, the Foundation hosts the operational funds for the workforce development organization, along with providing administrative support and office space for council employees based on what their previous company's work time tracker held. So, when the Community Foundation began formulating an effort to [...]
(December 2018) When it comes to workforce development, there are many branches to our tree. Each day finds those of us who work in the field venturing out on a different branch, and most days you’ll find us jumping from branch to branch throughout the day like a squirrel. We interact daily with business and industry leaders, education and training providers, government officials, and anyone else who holds a stake in the current and future [...]
(November 2018) Every month, the government sends out detailed reports about Labor Market numbers – especially the unemployment rate. But a number you don’t often hear about is the underemployment rate. Generally speaking, you can expect a region’s underemployment rate to be about five times its unemployment rate. Here in Alabama’s Workforce Region 2, the East AlabamaWorks region, the September 2018 unemployment rate was 4.1%. The regional underemployment rate averages 23.2%. While this number [...]
(October 2018) East AlabamaWorks (EAW) is a not-for-profit organization that represents the state’s Alabama Workforce Council in Region 2 (Calhoun, Cherokee, Clay, Cleburne, Etowah, Randolph, and Talladega counties). The mission of East AlabamaWorks is to promote workforce development by working directly with business and industry to identify their workforce needs and to communicate those needs to the community, educators, training providers, and local leaders. EAW also oversees Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funding [...]
(September 2018) In our last column we discussed the current workforce gap and the fact that Alabama is suffering from a severe lack of well-trained workers in most of the skilled labor occupations. For years, students have been funneled into the four-year college system and away from the skilled trades. Now, we are facing a severe shortage in those trades, and have a real need to add 500,000 newly skilled workers to the Alabama [...]