JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — Gov. Kay Ivey served as the keynote speaker for the 2019 Alabama Works Workforce conference on Wednesday.

Ivey said now the time to prepare the state’s workforce for more high-tech jobs. In five years, she says, the state is projected to be ranked second for auto production jobs. Also noting, quality education is key to the state’s workforce.

“Workforce development begins with a strong foundation,” Ivey said. “So whether a person lives in Foley, Alabama, or Camden, Alabama, or Huntsville or Birmingham – a quality education can be everyone’s ticket to success.”

The Alabama Workforce council projects 500,000 highly skilled employees will be needed in the state’s workforce by 2025. 

The conference is held at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham-Wynfrey Hotel April 23-25. Attendees are able to visit multiple sessions including soft skills training, productive career fairs, and new industry practices.