SWAPTE has $1 Million in training dollars to help small businesses rebuild their workforce




Contact: Pamela Ware

Phone: 251.432.0909 ext. 140

email: pware@swapte.org



Mobile, AL- Southwest Alabama Partnership for Training and Employment (SWAPTE) has $1 million in training dollars in funding through the On-the-Job Training program to assist small businesses needing to rebuild their workforce. Small businesses whose workforce was impacted by COVID-19 are encouraged to connect with SWAPTE before hiring new employees.

SWAPTE will reimburse business owners and companies from 50% to 75% of wages associated with training an eligible new hire for jobs that pay at least $9 per hour. "Our funding dollars can supplement personnel costs for businesses, which in turn could increase cash flow and profits for their business," Sydney Raine, SWAPTE president said. Additionally, the trainee acquires new skills and improves on existing skills to ensure the success of the business. Advantages of using the program include:

  • Leverage your training and hiring investment
  • On-site training to your specifications
  • Flexible programs to streamline the hiring process
  • Minimize turnover

"We are confident this program will spur job growth and development for the nine counties we serve in Southwest Alabama," Sydney Raine, SWAPTE president said. "When businesses grow, our community grows." SWAPTE has partnerships various companies in the region in a variety of industries including maritime, aviation, construction, manufacturing, healthcare, hospitality, transportation/materials handling and technology.

SWAPTE is a regional partnership of business, education, labor and community leaders serving Baldwin, Choctaw, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia, Mobile, Monroe, Washington and Wilcox counties. We underwrite regional workforce development activities for Region 7 with funding provided from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) in partnership with the Department of Labor and the Alabama Department of Commerce. Businesses interested in learning more about the OJT Program should contact your local Career Center (251) 432-0909 or visit www.swapte.org.


SWAPTE On-the-Job Training Brochure