Skilled Trades of West Alabama
Updated Nov 11 2021
Elevate Tuscaloosa will fund $50,000 per year for the next 10 years into the Skilled Trades Academy
Elevate Tuscaloosa is providing funding to the Skilled Trades of West Alabama to change lives. With a mission to build a highly skilled, qualified and prepared workforce for the construction industry in Tuscaloosa and beyond, the academy offers opportunities for apprenticeships, pre-apprenticeships and other related training in the construction trades. With a high demand for and shortage of skilled, ready-to-work employees and tradesmen, opportunities exist to build high-paying, successful careers.
Why Skilled Trades?
Recognized, award-winning model for construction industry craft development
in electrical, plumbing, HVAC and alarm systems
Employer-based and led non-profit organization focused on construction trades
Registered apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs by the Alabama Office of Apprenticeships and U. S. Department of Labor
On-the-job training coupled with classroom instruction
Experienced, qualified instructors
Instruction aligned with construction industry standards
Leads to licensing, journeyman & other applicable credentials
Designed to meet the growing demand for skilled construction tradesmen
Minimal or no costs
Opened in September, 2020 in the middle of the pandemic, Skilled Trades of West Alabama was established to meet the growing demand for trained craftsmen in Tuscaloosa and beyond. In less than a year, the program has seen exceptional growth. As of October 2021, there are approximately 70 apprenticeships in place and Jump Start (pre-apprenticeship) has completed five classes with at least five underway or scheduled for the remainder of 2021. By the end of the year, an estimated 125 employable students will graduate from Jump Start that lead to employment and the apprenticeship program.
Currently, Skilled Trades is maintaining an estimated 85% completion rate and employment placement.
Elevate's partnership with the Skilled Trades Academy will allow expansion of training in the construction trades for local citizens to gain meaningful employment, learn and develop skills that can create and sustain successful careers, and impact unemployed and under-employed citizens. Elevate funding will directly benefit the students by contributing to their employability, career path definition, and sustained personal growth and development.
To apply for the Skilled Trades of West Alabama pre-apprenticeship or apprenticeship programs, go to www.skilledtradesofwestalabama.com or call 205.771.6655.
Goals and Impact
Introduces additional professionally trained craftsmen into the workforce
Promotes and develops skills that create and sustain successful careers
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