To bridge the skills gap by creating a sustainable pipeline of work-ready employees to support Auburn University Facilities Management by partnering with regional workforce council, state agencies, and local school systems to provide work-based learning opportunities that focus on career awareness, career exploration, and career preparation.
A Statewide Best Practice Designated Program:
Auburn University Facilities Management’s Industry Tours, Career Connections Summer Jobs Program and Registered Apprenticeship program have all been recognized by the Alabama Office of Apprenticeship (AOA) as a Statewide Best Practice in Work-based Learning.
The AOA defines work-based learning as Sustained interactions with industry or community professionals in real workplace settings, to the extent practicable, or simulated environments at an educational institution that fosters in-depth, firsthand engagement with the tasks required of a given career field, that are aligned to curriculum and instruction.
This designation guarantees us a spot in the 2024 Work-based Learning Handbook that the AOA publishes on their website and distributes to industry partners. Programs that receive this designation stand “out in a way that we believe other providers could benefit from learning about. Only through the efforts of all of our workforce partners will we keep the engine of Alabama’s economy moving forward and keep Alabama on the rise in the national and international business community.” – Josh Laney, Director of the Alabama Office of Apprenticeship.