Business Facilities, an economic development-focused publication, ranked AIDT number two in the country within the rebranded Workforce Development / Talent Acquisition category. This ranking marks eight consecutive years AIDT has placed in the top five of the rankings with seven of those years in the top two. AIDT is the primary workforce training agency in the state and one of Alabama’s top incentives in the recruitment of business and industry.
For nearly 50 years, AIDT’s commitment to economic and industrial growth within the state has resulted in approximately 5,200 companies assisted and nearly 1 million citizens equipped with valuable skills and abilities. AIDT’s economic impact reached $7 billion in 2019.
AIDT has stayed at the forefront of workforce development through its innovative approaches to common issues, and its ability to partner with education and industry leaders, as well as other state agencies. This includes the continuous evolution of training techniques such as e-learning, virtual reality training, and more traditional hands-on learning.
“Part of the key to our success is that we are constantly looking for ways to improve upon our processes,” said Ed Castile, director of AIDT and head of Commerce’s Workforce Development Division. “AIDT not only delivers what companies need to meet their demands today but continues to innovate and develop ways to deliver what companies will need in the future.”
The mission of AIDT is to provide quality workforce development for Alabama’s new and expanding businesses, and to expand the opportunities of its citizens through the jobs these businesses create. AIDT designs and creates a fully customized training experience and delivers quality candidates to meet the hiring needs of any industry.
Business Facilities also ranked Alabama’s business climate in the top four among the states in an analysis that examined performance in several key economic categories. The publication cited the state’s central Gulf Coast location, thriving automotive and aerospace sectors, as well as its strong workforce development program as primary incentives for businesses looking to locate in the south.
Founded in 1971, AIDT is Alabama’s Workforce Training agency and encourages economic development through job-specific training. Training services are offered in many areas, at no cost, to new and expanding businesses throughout Alabama.