Frequently Asked Questions

What is Mobile Works? 
Mobile Works is the workforce investment agency for Mobile County operating under the Workforce Innovative and Opportunity Act. (WIOA). Mobile Works underwrites training programs to get jobseekers skilled, trained and ready to enter the workforce.

What is WIOA?
WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and supportive services to succeed in the labor market. WIOA training funds are designed to serve laid-off individuals, older youth and adults who are in need of training to enter or re- enter the labor market.

What programs and services are available to jobseekers and dislocated workers? 
We have a variety of programs available to fit the needs of the community. Mobile Works provides the following services:

Individual Training Scholarships/Career Advancement Scholarships  
Mobile Works assist job seekers in getting the skills needed to compete in today’s job market by funding short-term training opportunities. Job seekers may be eligible to receive training at area colleges and universities under the Workforce Investment Act.  Approved training providers include Bishop State Community College, Faulkner Community College, Alabama Aviation Center of Mobile, University of South Alabama and other Schools (see attached). Areas of focus include industries considered high-growth, high demand, high-wage such as aviation, healthcare, maritime and transportation.

Additionally, recent high school graduates (if eligible) can apply for training scholarships.  Students currently enrolled in career technical education could qualify to continue training at area vocational schools, community colleges and four year institutions.

What is a dislocated worker?
A worker laid off from their job through no fault of their own (company closed, reduction in workforce). 

Eligibility requirements
Training programs may require eligibility determination. Amount of assistance is determined by the length of training program. Mobile Works will provide the following assistance. 

Adults
Training Scholarships …….Income Based
On-the-Job Training……….Income Based

Youth Programs…………Income Based 

Dislocated Worker (laid off, downsized)
Training Scholarships…….No Income Requirement
On-the-Job Training……...No Income Requirement

Youth Programs
Mobile Works partners with various agencies to assist area youth in getting their GED or high school diploma, improving their reading and math skills and job readiness skills. Also, the youth programs assist in job placement upon completion of a GED.  Our partner agencies are the Mobile County Public School System (EEOP), DESI Career Training Center, Goodwill Easter Seals and the Dearborn YMCA.  

Dearborn YMCA
(serving out of school youth ages 16-24)

  • Individual tutoring
  • Pre-employment skills training
  • Job placement assistance
  • Leadership development training
  • Group and individual counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Skills Assessment
  • Daycare to dependents ages 6 weeks to 4 years
  • Bus pass for transportation
  • GED Preparation Classes                                            

DESI
(serving out of school youth ages 16-24)

  • G.E.D preparation
  • Assistance enrolling into college 
  • Work Keys Training/Career Readiness Certification      
  • Career Counseling
  • Tutoring for the ACT 
  • Job placement assistance

Goodwill Easter Seals (Y.E.S.)
(serving out of school youth ages 16-24)

  • GED Preparation
  • Job Placement Assistance
  • Career Counseling
  • Workkeys Testing

Job Readiness Classes: 
Job readiness classes are offered through Mobile Works. Job seekers can get assistance with the following:

  • Help with writing a resume.
  • Assistance with job interview questions.
  • Learn how to properly conduct a job search. – Job seekers must explore various avenues when it comes to their job search (networking, posting their resume on-line, classifieds, job fairs, etc.)
  • Proper attire for a job interview. 
  • Resources available in the community to assist with clothing for job interviews, etc.

Location 
Mobile Works is located in the Alabama Career Center
515 Springhill Ave. (Corner of I-65 and Springhill Avenue)
Mobile, AL.  

Cost of services 
Our services are available at no cost. We are federally funded by the Workforce Innovative and Opportunity Act.

Hours of operation
Monday – Friday; 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Are Mobile Works and the Alabama Career Center the same? Are you the unemployment office?
No. Mobile Works is an agency co-located at the Alabama Career Center. Several agencies are located at the Career Center to provide easy access to a variety of services for job seekers and businesses at a central location.
Jobseekers can access training opportunities, on-site job fairs, free computer access for job search, free fax and telephone access to communicate with prospective employers. Likewise, businesses can recruit qualified workers from the Career Center, post job openings at no cost, and receive 

Services Available: 
Employment Services
Training Opportunities
Adult Basic Education-Bishop State Community College
Seasonal Worker Transition Training
Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Job Readiness Classes