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Georgia Department of Economic Development's Workforce Division

The Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Workforce Division (GDEcD, WD) formally the Governor's Office of Workforce Development, was created to improve the job training and marketability of Georgia's workforce and to drive future economic growth for the state. While GDEcD, WD’s primary responsibility is managing the Workforce Investment Act under the leadership of the Georgia Workforce Investment Board, WD is focused on the broader mission of ensuring that education and training in Georgia is geared toward in-demand jobs.


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Atlanta, GA 30308

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What is Trade Five?

Trade Five, the state’s skilled trade awareness initiative, seeks to educate students on the career opportunities that exist within:

  • Manufacturing
  • Telecommunications
  • Energy
  • Construction
  • Logistics

These trade industries have seen significant growth over the past several years and require a young, skilled workforce to respond to that growth.

Trade Five offers grants and scholarships to students and high schools to support skilled trade education. The Trade Five Scholarship is a $1000 grant awarded to graduating high school seniors who will be attending a technical college system of Georgia institution to study a skilled trade program. The student can use this funding for tuition, books, fees, and materials. The Trade Five Grant is a $500 grant awarded to Georgia high schools to help support skilled trade education. The grant is designed to increase awareness about the key industries and provide an avenue for site visits and demonstrations to get students involved in the trades.

Find more information on this initiative at Georgia Department of Economic Development's Trade Five topic page.

How do I learn more about the Workforce Investment Act and the services available in my area?

To learn more about WIA and the local one-stops, visit their website. Check out the Workforce Professional tab to find resources regarding WIA activity. 

What is Operation:Workforce?

Operation: Workforce offers a variety of services specifically geared to assist military personnel on the home front. Veterans can sign up and create a profile detailing their military training, education, and experience allowing potential employers to find those individuals best suited for their job openings. Veterans can also browse a list of jobs posted by Georgia employers.  In addition, there is also an interactive map tool. Simply entering your zip code, city, or just selecting your county instantly delivers a map showing the location of all the employment and veteran services in your area.

Operation: Workforce is not just for veterans; there are resources for employers too. The website features the “Pledge to Support Georgia Veterans.” Employers can sign this pledge to publicly commit to providing opportunities to Georgia’s veteran community, such as increased occasion of interviews and enhanced hiring opportunities.