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Alabama NewsCenter — Alabama workforce development chief: You can’t view workforce like inanimate object

| August 13, 2022 @ 9:00 am

By Michael Tomberlin
Alabama NewsCenter

The head of Alabama’s workforce development efforts said getting workers to the right place with the right skills remains a numbers game but the workforce can’t be treated like just a number.

Ed Castile is the executive director of AIDT and deputy secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce. In a recent address to the Economic Development Association of Alabama and subsequent interview with Alabama NewsCenter, Castile said the way the state is approaching workforce development in 2022 is more nuanced and holistic than ever before.

“If we’ve discovered anything during the pandemic, we discovered that this workforce has a lot of needs and you can’t just dismiss it,” Castile said. “You have to focus on those needs.”

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