Ready to Work

West Alabama Ready to Work

The Challenge

There is a common misconception that if you don’t go to college, you aren’t going to be successful, but that misconception couldn’t be further from the truth. In today’s highly technical and service-related market, workers are judged more by their skills than their degrees. With the national student debt average pushing towards $1.4 trillion and the need for skilled workers increasing to more than 2 million over the next decade, the career path into a “new-collar” job is now.

Our Solution

The Ōnin Group’s purpose is to create opportunity and empower people, which is why Ōnin is facilitating the Ready to Work program to provide a career pathway for young men and women entering the workforce. This program operates during the school year and combines five weeks of AIDT’s soft skill career readiness training with 12 to 13 weeks of employer-driven curriculum that is tailored by the employers to meet real hiring needs of their specific industry tracks.


  • Automotive
  • Construction
  • Hospitality
  • Healthcare
  • Manufacturing
  • Personal Finance
  • Distribution/Logistics

Ready to work Graduates

  • National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) – issued by ACT
  • Alabama Certified Work Certificate (ACWC) – issued by AIDT
  • OSHA 10, CPR and other cerificates – issued by Employer

Curriculum Total

  • 15-18 WEEKS – 180 Hours
  • 5 WEEKS – AIDT Soft Skill Training with Work Keys
  • 12 -13 WEEKS – Industry Specific Training

Ready for Opporunities

If you would like to get connected, email Garth Thorpe, who serves as the Workforce Development Manager.