There is Still Time to Showcase your Facility to Tomorrow’s Workforce
October is Manufacturing Awareness Month. National Manufacturing Day is October 7, 2016. Once again the Manufacturers’ Association will be providing area students with an up close look at high-tech manufacturing. Host a “Made in Florida” tour, speak to students about careers and help raise the manufacturing profile by submitting an item about your manufacturing operation. Click here for more information.
CareerEdge Funders Collaborative “Pathway to Prosperity”
A major challenge for employers regionally – and nationally – is finding skilled workers who not only perform their jobs at a high level, but also possess the people skills and work ethic essential for every workplace. For six years, CareerEdge Funders Collaborative has been providing those skilled workers through its workforce development programs. In the process, CareerEdge is helping to create vibrant, productive communities in a region that stretches through Hillsborough, Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota and Charlotte counties. Click here to read more.
Manufacturing Skills Gap Study
CareerEdge recently commissioned Kempton Research to conduct an updated 2016 Manufacturing Skills Gap Study. This qualitative analysis represents a follow up to a 2012 study, which led to the development of the Precision Machining program at Suncoast Technical College, the manufacturing Community-Wide Plan and other programs which have raised awareness about the manufacturing sector in the Sarasota/Manatee region. Click here to read more.
CareerEdge Funders Collaborative Mid-Year Report Released
CareerEdge recently released a mid-year report highlighting its work in the first half of 2016. We continue to impact change in regional workforce development this year through actions such as providing direct training grants to employers in order to upskill workers in targeted sectors and funding certification programs for job seekers in high demand occupations. So far, 266 incumbant workers and 197 job seekers have been trained, and 70 internships have been funded for a total of 533 individuals served. Click here to see the full report.
October is Manufacturing Awareness Month
National Manufacturing Day October 7, 2016. Once again the Manufacturers’ Association will be providing area students with an up close look at high-tech manufacturing. Host a “Made in Florida” tour, speak to students about careers and help raise the manufacturing profile by submitting an item about your manufacturing operation. Click here for more information.
CareerEdge Partners with STC to Offer Free Plumbing Program
CareerEdge has partnered with Suncoast Technical College to offer a tuition-free Plumbing Technology certification program beginning this fall. The 8-month class begins September 8th and will be held Monday through Friday, 7:45AM – 2:15PM, with both classroom and on-the-job training. Graduates of the plumbing program are highly sought after by local employers given the shortage of workers in this trade.
The College is hosting a Job Fair on August 8th from 5:00 – 7:00 PM for potential students to learn more about this TUITION-FREE college program. Click here for more information.
CareerEdge 2015 Evaluator Report Released
Chicago-based evaluation company, Smarter People Planning, released it’s assessment of CareerEdge’s key metrics for 2015. Evaluator Stacy Boyle, PhD, gathered data directly from funded employers, conducted an analysis of the outcomes and provided an executive summary of cumulative results since CareerEdge’s inception 5 years ago. Click here to see the full report.
CareerEdge Puts Spotlight on Young Adult Unemployment
CareerEdge recently convened a roundtable of community partners to address the unique needs of out-of-work, out-of-school 18 – 25 year olds. Participants included representatives from youth serving organizations, the school district and higher education institutions, the housing authority, Sarasota Chamber and philanthropic foundations. Kate O’Sullivan, a D.C.-based consultant with the National Fund for Workforce Solutions, presented startling statistics about the “Opportunity Youth” crisis, and shared best practice strategies aimed at addressing the issue. Click here to see Kate’s presentation and resource links.
CareerEdge Provides Internship Reimbursement Dollars
CareerEdge will reimburse up to $1,500 per intern to employers paying a minimum of $10.00/hour to participating students. This program will helps students obtain the necessary skills required to succeed in today’s work environment, while also providing financial incentives for local employers who utilize interns in high demand industries.
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