Whether through the state’s top-top ranking institutions of higher education or the No. 1 workforce development program in the country, Georgia takes pride in its diverse, talented and enthusiastic workforce. With a labor force of 5.1 million — the second largest labor force in the Southeast — Georgia is an ideal place to locate for businesses of every size, from small business to global conglomerates.
Even as the state continues to recover from job losses resulting from the pandemic, Georgia’s commitment to staying “Open for Business” is bearing fruit. In September, Georgia’s unemployment rate dropped for the sixteenth straight month to 3.5%. And Georgia’s model workforce training program, Georgia Quick Start, keeps producing results for businesses and the overall economy.
“Georgians are getting back to work and our economy continues to beat expectations, thanks to the resiliency of Georgia’s job creators and our efforts to protect both lives and livelihoods over the last eighteen months,” said Governor Brian P. Kemp. “As the top state for business for the eighth year in a row, my administration will continue to be laser-focused on attracting good-paying jobs, strengthening our workforce pipeline, and keeping Georgia open for business.”
Georgia Quick Start
Operated by the Technical College System of Georgia, the Georgia Quick Start program provides free workforce training tailored to the needs of the employer, resulting in better-trained, highly productive employees and reduced ramp-up time.
The flexible training program is available for a wide variety of industries including advanced manufacturing, automotive, aviation, bioscience, business operations, distribution, and food production.
Georgia Quick Start has trained more than 1 million employees around the state based on the unique needs of their employers. As the first program of its kind and the No. 1 ranked workforce training program in the U.S., Quick Start is a national model with more than five decades of experience partnering with education and industry.
Quick Start operates several specialty centers across the state.
In addition to Quick Start, additional industry-specific training operate in the state in strategic industries to ensure a ready and able workforce. These include: