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Business survey aims to advance Alabama workforce training system

The survey aims to identify the occupational characteristics of the most in-demand jobs.

(VIA ALABAMA WORKS)

The Governor’s Office of Education and Workforce Transformation and AlabamaWorks are surveying business owners throughout the state to identify the occupational characteristics of the most in-demand jobs in Alabama.

The Governor’s Survey on Employer Competencies is aimed at managers and human resource personnel who hire and train individuals.  The results will be used to help the Alabama Committee on Credentialing and Career Pathways develop competency models aligned to jobs that are in demand in various industries.

“As Alabama moves forward with designing an education and workforce training system aligned to the demands of business and industry, obtaining a clear picture of the skills and credentials required by Alabama companies is essential,” said Gov. Kay Ivey.

“The information we receive from the survey will help us develop education and workforce training programs that prepare students and job seekers for the most in-demand jobs in our state,” said Tim McCartney, the chairman of the Alabama Workforce Council.

This is the second annual Governor’s Survey on Employer Competencies. The first was conducted in 2020 and focused on exploring the skill and credential needs of Alabama companies. This year’s survey is being managed by the Alabama Department of Labor and will be distributed by the Alabama Supercomputer Authority to 5,000 employers over a six-week period from March 17 to April 30. Other employers who want to complete the survey can find it online here.

It asks employers to provide information about high-demand occupations and occupations that are the most difficult to find qualified workers to fill. In addition, the survey seeks employers’ comments on career pathways and the education, licenses, credentials and competencies required.

Employer responses will be kept confidential. Only summary data will be included in a report on the survey findings that will be published on the Alabama Department of Labor’s website in June.

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