An educated and equipped workforce is the foundation for a dynamic and flourishing automotive industry. Which is why at AAMA, workforce initiatives are at the top of our list. Alabama automakers acknowledge…it’s the commitment and hard work of their people that fuels the production and innovation powering them forward.
Alabama Automotive Aligned
In 2020, AAMA launched an inaugural series of Executive Roundtables, intended to engage stakeholders from state OEMs, regional workforce agencies, educational institutions and statewide training organizations for collaborative brainstorms focused on workforce needs, best practices, and strategies. With distinct committees concentrated on workforce-related initiatives such as People in the Pipeline, State Image, Qualified Instructors and K-12 Preparation & Employability Skills, discussions have led to groundbreaking efficiencies in assessing gaps and determining effective solutions, as well as creating synergistic alliances across the state.
In a concerted effort to support and sustain a viable and responsive automotive manufacturing industry, AAMA hosts ongoing, regular Executive Roundtables throughout the year, including special, time-sensitive briefings on topics such as COVID-19, Labor Relations, Labor Participation Rates, OEM-driven Surveys and other critical industry issues that arise.
Talent ignites under the guidance and mentorship of experienced and effective leaders. AAMA partners with organizations experienced in training supervisors to lead by example and bring the best out of their employees. Several state OEMs and large Tier suppliers have participated in pilots and successfully completed specifically designed coaching programs that have significantly improved employer/employee relations and retention.
Career Pathways & Talent Pipeline
Strong work ethics, bright minds and future automotive leaders are forged through apprenticeships, internships/externships, work-based learning programs and hands-on technical training. AAMA is at the forefront of driving awareness of automotive workforce opportunities, championing programs designed to stimulate future talent growth such as STEM education, High School Ready to Work, Modern Manufacturing and Alabama F.A.M.E. AMT. Together, these programs and the organizations that foster them, provide the crucial curriculum and real-world work experience to launch students into successful and rewarding careers in automotive.
Stars of Southern Manufacturing Awards
Every year, AAMA guides the Stars of Manufacturing Awards nomination process for Alabama OEMs to honor and celebrate exceptional employees making a big impact at their plants. Focused on non-executive positions, these awards are presented on stage at the annual Southern Automotive Conference, shining a well-deserved spotlight on the brightest stars in automotive.