Submissions are now open for Alabama’s 3rd Annual Work-Based Learning Seal of Excellence Awards. High-quality, innovative programs are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to showcase their impact on Alabama’s workforce and highlight their success in developing strong career pathways.
This competition has brought together employers, educators, and economic developers from across Alabama to learn best practices in workforce development. Over the last two years, fifty-six Alabama work-based learning (WBL) programs have shared their ideas and experiences with nearly 2,000 employers and work-based learning professionals.
Applications are being sought for programs operated by K-12, Community College, University, and Non-School Based WBL Programs. Common types include job shadowing, career fairs/expos, industry tours, employability skill training, internships, and registered apprenticeships. This year, applications are also being accepted for a new category, School-Based Enterprise.
To apply for Alabama’s Work-Based Learning Seal of Excellence Award, please click here. Detailed instructions are provided within the form, and the deadline for submissions is August 21st.
Semifinalists will be asked to present at trainings in the seven workforce regions this fall. From those semifinalists, four statewide Seal of Excellence winners will be chosen. Winners will be announced in December, and those winners—along with several of the semifinalists—will be featured at the Third Annual Summit on Talent Retention & Work-Based Learning in Spring of 2024.
“We are proud and excited to be able to continue this work,” stated Josh Laney, Director of The Alabama Office of Apprenticeship. “We have enjoyed seeing the amazing work-based learning programs all over the state and have gained a deep appreciation for the work being done. Alabama is truly on the cutting edge of WBL in the nation, and this initiative is further enhancing our state’s ability to meet the needs of our citizens and employers.”
To learn more about WBL in Alabama and read about our previous winners, click here.