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Expanding Economic Opportunity
in Florida's Gulf Coast Region

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Building Strong Relationships
in Florida's Gulf Coast Region
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Creating Employment Opportunities
in Florida's Gulf Coast Region
Creating Employment Opportunities
in Florida's Gulf Coast Region
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Expanding Career Opportunities
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Innovative Strategies to
Workforce Solutions
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Building a Strong
and Skilled Workforce

Get to know CareerEdge

CareerEdge Funders Collaborative, a national-award-winning workforce and business innovation initiative, is making waves by turning the traditional model for workforce investment in Florida on its head. CareerEdge partners directly with employers in fast-growing sectors in the regional economy, to help them fill skills gaps and meet their employment needs, while at the same time assisting individuals in entering the workforce and moving up career ladders. CareerEdge is a cutting-edge initiative and is transforming the way stakeholders in the region and around the state look at career training.

MISSION STATEMENT: Our mission is to provide an exceptional labor force to a region’s growing industries by leveraging community assets and forming high-performing workforce partnerships.

VISION STATEMENT: CareerEdge will be known as the region’s distinguished workforce development organization that promotes economic prosperity through strong employer-labor and community partnerships.

CareerEdge is the first Funders Collaborative designated as a National Fund for Workforce Solutions site in the Southeastern US. The collaborative uses donated funds to create a skilled labor pool in the Manatee-Sarasota region and helps local employers find the talent they need. Learn more about how we fulfill this vital mission and how you can help drive economic development in the Manatee-Sarasota region.

$9.8 Million

In Investments


Individuals Served


New Jobs Created


Certificates/Degrees Earned

$24.4 Million

New Wages & Raises

What’s New?

CareerEdge Partners with Employers to Pilot Express Training Programs

CareerEdge has piloted a unique model in partnership with employers, post-secondary institutions, and community-based organizations to provide short-term training programs in high demand skilled trade occupations. Given the tight labor market, employers are desperate for talent and willing to help develop workers with on-the-job training, mentorships, and apprenticeships in order to close skills gaps. At the same time, under-employed local community members are eager to learn a trade and earn credentials which will allow them the opportunity to enter a career pathway with family-sustaining wages. Companies cannot wait months or years for trained talent, and individuals cannot afford to attend costly long-term post-secondary programs while trying to support themselves and often family members.  Read more about the program here.

226 Interns Learn Real Work Experience

For the past three years CareerEdge has invested in 226 interns to work at 121 local companies. For the 2018 Internship Reimbursement Program, employers were reimbursed up to $1,500 for hiring an intern at a minimum of $10/hr.  Internships are limited to those in the high growth target industries of Manufacturing, Healthcare, Transportation, Distribution & Logistics, Construction, Financial Services and IT.   Organizations are limited to three reimbursements per calendar year.  Click here to read the three-year metrics report.  

Community Leaders Gather to Combine Policy Efforts

Over 20 community organizations, that play a role in workforce development,  gathered at the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce with CareerEdge to learn from policy advocates in our community.  Holly Bullard, Florida Policy Institute Deputy Director, led the meeting and discussed each organizations advocacy priorities and how the group can combine efforts to make a bigger impression with policymakers.  A volunteer Policy Council will be formed in response to this meeting and will lead a workforce development agenda for the group. Read more about the meeting here.

Looking to Launch a Career as a CNA? Here is Your Chance!

CareerEdge, in partnership with Tidewell Hospice and American Red Cross, is beginning it’s next CNA training.  To be included in the next class, interested applicants should register for the information session to learn more about the career and the program.  Successful graduates of this tuition-free program will be placed with Tidewell Hospice for full-time employment with pay between $13 to $14 an hour and benefits. Learn more here or register for the information session here.

2017 Evaluator Report on Outcomes and Impacts

 $9.8 Million in Investments
 4,790 Individuals Served
 1,369 Jobs Created
 7,404 Certificates/Degrees Earned
 $24.4 Million in New Wages and Raises

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