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Alabama Public School Graduates ‘Parlay’ Apprenticeship ‘Into Full-Time Jobs’

Published Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Alabama Public School Graduates ‘Parlay’ Apprenticeship ‘Into Full-Time Jobs’

(MOBILE, ALABAMA) - Fifteen members of Mobile County Public Schools’ Class of 2020 are walking straight off the graduation stage into jobs at Mobile’s largest manufacturing employer.

The graduates have been hired as full-time Fabrication Trade Assistants at Austal USA, where they will be helping build ships for the U.S. Navy.

They were all part of a Youth Apprenticeship Program at Austal that began in February.

Though it was shortened by the onset of COVID-19, two-thirds of the MCPSS students in the program were offered full-time positions with the shipbuilder.

"As full-time Employees ‘they now enjoy competitive pay, excellent benefits, and a great career full of possibilities,’" Ryan Lee, Austal's Workforce Development Manager, said. "This is a ‘win-win’ program for the students, community and industry.  ‘It would not be the success it is without great partner school systems across the region and we hope to hire more from the Youth Apprentice class into full-time positions this Summer.’"

"I am ‘so proud of our students who have taken technical courses at our schools and made the commitment to build a career in the Shipbuilding Trades’," Larry Mouton, MCPSS Assistant Superintendent for Workforce Development, said. "The ‘transition’ from high school learner to graduate earner ‘is made easier through our longstanding partnership with Austal USA.’  Austal ‘has always been at the front of career training through supplying mentors, materials and supplies, field trips and finally training that leads to high wage careers.’  We ‘greatly appreciate’ Austal’s commitment to our students and the future workforce of our region."

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