Baldwin County Apprenticeships

By Global Marketing Solutions

February 27, 2019 - Foley, AL - (OBA®) - The South Baldwin Chamber Gateway Initiative is excited to announce the launch of a new Youth Apprenticeship (YA) program set for April 2019. The program will be offered to high school students ages 15 to 18 and will allow them to partner with local businesses in the tourism and hospitality industries here in Baldwin County. Twenty- four businesses have already signed up to participate in the program and will offer students who qualify a paid apprenticeship. 

A historically low unemployment rate coupled with strong economic growth is making it harder to find new people to enter the hospitality and tourism industry. There are 246 students in Baldwin County high schools studying Hospitality and Tourism. These programs focus on lodging management, restaurant management, recreation, events and culinary arts. The YA program is designed to partner students with mentors who will guide them through the training process and help them to apply what they learn in the classroom. Hospitality and Tourism courses taken at Baldwin County high schools may be eligible for dual enrollment credit at Coastal Community College.

Local businesses who have partnered with the YA program are excited for it to begin. Shaul Zislin, Founder of Hangout Hospitality Group, a family of restaurants in Gulf Shores, says “We are always looking for bright, young talented people and this youth apprenticeship program will truly provide opportunities for kids in the community to advance their careers and allow us to be a part of their growth.

"We know we're not alone in this challenge and all companies are evaluating innovative approaches to find the right people" said Michelle Hodges, President of Meyer Vacation Rentals. “Our local businesses have joined forces to develop talent locally and invest in our community. Strong and stable careers in industry contribute to strong and stable communities. It is for this reason that our strategic partnership with local schools is so important,” she said.

The YA program will begin with a Signing Day event set for April 5, 2019 at The Lodge at Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores, AL. Students will be transported from all Baldwin County high schools to participate in career development activities, which will culminate in offers to qualified students of paid employment and apprenticeship opportunities. Media and press are welcome to this event.

For more information on this opportunity contact Ed Bushaw, Workforce Development Director with the South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce at 251-751-7070 orThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.