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Skilled Trades of West Alabama

Updated Jan 20 2023

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As of August 2022, 353 students have enrolled in or completed a Skilled Trades Program with Elevate's assistance!


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 tradespeople, opportunities exist to build high-paying, successful careers.

Why Skilled Trades?

  • Recognized, award-winning training and development model 

  • Non-profit organization led by relevant industry employers

  • On-the-job training coupled with classroom instruction

  • Experienced, qualified instructors

  • Instruction aligned with construction industry standards

  • Leads to licensing, journeyman, and other applicable credentials

  • Designed to supply the growing workforce demand 

  • Minimal or no costs to participants

  • Apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs registered by the Alabama Office of Apprenticeships and U. S. Department of Labor

As of January 2023, Skilled Trades maintained an estimated 85% completion rate.

Elevate's partnership with the Skilled Trades Academy will allow expansion of training in the construction trades for local citizens to gain meaningful employment, 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 or call (205) 771-6655.

Goals and Impact
  • Introduces additional professionally trained craftsmen into the workforce, in an effort to reduce labor supply shortages 

  • Promotes and develops skills that sustain successful careers

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“I came to Skilled Trades because I needed a job right out of high school. I wasn’t going to college and needed to work. Skilled Trades has provided the right opportunity to learn and be part of the electrical apprenticeship program. Because of Skilled Trades I now have a future.”

- Jania Ramos, Student
Premier Service Company

“The benefits of Skilled Trades of West Alabama are twofold. The program not only helps technicians climb the ladder of success in their trade, but also helps the contractors staff their companies with highly skilled, knowledgeable employees.”

- Jim Page
President and CEO, Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama


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