There are both local and state-level workforce training programs available to businesses in the City of Madison. Workforce training programs include craft skills training, as well as leadership and management training. The following are some of the major workforce training programs available.
Alabama Industrial Development Training (AIDT)
AIDT was established to build a healthy state economy by recruiting and training a skilled workforce to attract new industries to the state and to expand existing industries. Job-specific pre-employment and on-the-job training programs are provided. The program provides a full range of customized technical training programs that are offered at no cost to employers and to the trainees. Leadership training programs are also available. In addition to training, AIDT offers services including trainee recruitment and screening, safety assistance, industrial maintenance assessments, and continuous improvement/process improvement assessments. Training is conducted by AIDT staff or contracted instructors and delivered through classrooms or 38 Mobile Training Units (MTUs) customized to meet specific company needs. More information about AIDT's programs can be found on their website at www.aidt.edu.
Alabama Robotics Technology Park
The state's robotics park is located 15 minutes from the City of Madison. The technology park offers various robotics, automation, and safety-related training programs at NO COST to employers. Training includes PLC training, robot training, OSHA safety courses, welding, and maintenance. The Integration, Entrepreneurial, & Paint Dispense Training Center provides space and training for manufacturing process integration. For more information, view the Robotics Technology Park's Training Course Catalog.
Alabama Career Center
The Alabama Career Center is a one-stop center that offers free employment services available to all businesses and jobseekers. The service includes:
- Assist employers in the local, intrastate, or interstate recruitment of applicants/
- Screening of applicants to meet employer qualifications.
- Provide interview facilities for the employees.
- Conduct any desired testing of potential employees to measure aptitudes for specific job skills using validated tests.
- Perform any related service that might be needed.
For more information visit the Alabama Career Center website. https://joblink.alabama.gov/ada/r/
Alabama Technology Network (ATN)
Working through two-year and four-year colleges and universities, the Alabama Technology Network (ATN) focuses primarily on training for manufacturers. This includes lean manufacturing, safety, skills training, and other industry-specific courses. To learn more about the training programs and other services that ATN offers, visit www.atn.org.
'Made In Alabama' Workforce Development
Made In Alabama (MIA) has a workforce development division that provides workforce training and career development services for employers and individuals. These services include incumbent workforce training programs, on-the-job training, and individual training. MIA also has career centers throughout the state, which can link candidates and employers together. For more information workforce development in Alabama, visit the Made In Alabama website.
North AlabamaWorks is a network of interconnected providers of workforce services, including all of the governmental, educational, and private sector components that train, prepare, and match job seekers with employers. For more information about the various programs (Older Workers, Veterans, Youth, Training, Job Search, Disability, Incentives), visit www.alabamaworks.com.
North Alabama Craft Training Foundation (NACTF)
NACTF is accredited through the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) and offers apprentice training in the areas of carpentry, electrical, pipefitting, plumbing, and sheet metal. For more information about NACTF, visit www.nactf.org.
Local Colleges & Universities
The City of Madison is located within 30 minutes of a multitude of universities, colleges, and training schools, providing multiple options for ongoing workforce training. Training programs offered at these institutions range from technical training and certificate programs to advanced degrees in multiple disciplines. Local universities and colleges include:
- Alabama A&M University
- Athens State University
- Columbia College (Satellite Campus)
- Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Satellite Campus)
- Faulkner University
- Florida Institute of Technology (Satellite Campus)
- Oakwood University
- Strayer University (Satellite Campus)
- University of Alabama, Huntsville
- University of Birmingham Regional Medical Campus
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