Baldwin County has long served as a regional employer, drawing a workforce from several surrounding counties. Baldwin County is a member of The Middle Georgia Consortium, Inc., the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) grant administrator for the Executive Committee of Local Elected Officials (LEOs) and the local area business-led Middle Georgia Workforce Development Board (MGWDB). Baldwin County government serves as the Consortium fiscal agent and receives federal funding to support workforce development in the local area including Baldwin, Crawford, Houston, Jones, Monroe, Peach, Pulaski, Putnam, Twiggs & Wilkinson counties.
Since 1974, the Consortium has provided services to Middle Georgians & has successfully helped thousands of individuals receive the education, training and support needed to begin successful careers and develop additional skills to meet business demands, driving economic growth and prosperity in the local community.
Workforce development initiatives target populations, providing quality job training to remove barriers to employment. Some populations to whom services are provided include:
- Adults receiving income-based public assistance, are unemployed, underemployed, or have other barriers to employment
- Dislocated workers due to permanent business closings & layoffs or workers with a long duration of having been out of the workforce
- Workers needing adaptations or assistance devices to overcome physical or mental barriers to employment
- Veterans classified as such by having served in any military branch & separating active-duty service members transitioning from active military duty
- Justice-served individuals for whom services may facilitate the process of re-integration from the criminal justice system
- Migrant & seasonal workers previously experiencing chronic unemployment or underemployment
- Youth workers (aged 16-24 years) interested in pursuing GED, post-secondary education, or work skills development