The Alabama Department of Labor is working with area community colleges, local governments, chambers of commerce, regional groups, Mobile Works and maritime employers on an new initiative to place qualified employees in vacant maritime positions in the Mobile area, Governor Robert Bentley and Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington announced Monday.
The initiative includes free training programs as well as personalized, one-on-one assistance from the Mobile Career Center to ensure job seekers are enrolled in the appropriate programs.
“Alabama is consistently known for its trained and skilled workforce,” Governor Bentley said. “I am encouraging jobseekers to take advantage of the free training opportunities in the Mobile area in order to become qualified for these highly competitive, well paid positions.”
Most maritime jobs pay over $17/hour. Bentley’s office cited the following examples in a news release:
- Structural Metal Fabricators & Fitters – $17.87
- Welders – $18.34
- Layout Workers – $19.36
- Electricians – $22.43
- Plumbers, Pipefitters & Steamfitters – $20.24
- Sailors and Marine Oilers – $19.69
- Captains, Mates and Pilots of Water Vessels – $42.99
“We know there is a need in the Mobile area for maritime workers, from welders to shipfitters, and we are hearing from employers that they’re having trouble finding qualified workers. We are hoping to fix that with this initiative,” Secretary Washington said. “It’s always been our goal to match workers with jobs. We are simply focusing on one specific need right now.”