Forestry Works is a collaborative effort by the Alabama Forestry Foundation and the Forest Workforce Training Institute, as well as other partners within the forest industry to develop a pipeline of qualified workers for the logging and wood product manufacturing industries.
We educate students, parents, and teachers about careers and job opportunities in the forest industry, and provide interested students with resources to help them along their career path. It is our mission to provide the next generation with the resources, skills and guidance needed to join the forest and wood products manufacturing workforce. By partnering with education and private business within Alabama’s forest industry, we cultivate careers, build communities and stimulate local economies.
There are over 750 million acres of forest land in the United States.
The U.S. forest products industry accounts for 4% of the U.S. manufacturing GDP, and $200 billion annually.
Forestry is Alabama’s 2nd largest manufacturing industry - behind automotive manufacturing.The U.S. forest products industry accounts for 4% of the U.S. manufacturing GDP, and $200 billion annually.
Alabama's forest industry needs workers. It needs people who are passionate about the outdoors, people who are passionate about sustainability, and people who are passionate about their careers. Some of rural Alabama's highest paid jobs are in forestry and forest product manufacturing - jobs like Sawfilers, Welders, Equipment Operators, and Truck Drivers.
Forestry is one of Alabama's largest industries, and employs over 7% of the state's entire workforce. The majority of that workforce is over 54 years old - and there isn't currently a large enough group of qualified workers to take their place. Without qualified employees ready to take the place of those retiring in the next several years, hundreds of jobs will remain unfilled all over the state, and many companies will be forced to slow down production - some may even have to close their doors, which would devastate their local economies and eliminate good jobs from those areas.
So, choose a career you'll enjoy. Choose an industry that cares about the environment, and one that will provide job security for years to come.
ABOUT FORESTRY WORKS
Several years ago, the Alabama Forestry Association began to lay the foundation to build a stable supply of qualified workers through a comprehensive workforce development initiative known as Forestry Works.
The goal of this initiative is to educate students, parents, and teachers about careers and job opportunities in the forest industry, and to provide interested students with resources to help them along their career path.
Forestry WORKER CERTIFICATE
The Alabama Forestry Foundation, in partnership with the Alabama State Department of Education, has developed a Forestry Worker Certificate Program to be taught in schools across the state. This certificate was designed to introduce students to basic forestry concepts and careers in the forest industry.
EQUIPMENT OPERATOR TRAINING
Finally, we will provide training opportunities to develop the skills and knowledge of interested individuals aged 18+ to prepare them for a career in forestry and forest products manufacturing. These programs will be tailored specifically to the needs of forestry employers and will include logging equipment operator training and other manufacturing operations in order to develop a more qualified employee pool.
Once educated, we will engage interested students through a mentoring program. Mentors will work closely with schools and individual students to provide support and resources in order to encourage students to pursue a career in the forest industry.