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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
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Expanding Career Opportunities
in Florida's Gulf Coast Region

Get to know CareerEdge

CareerEdge is dedicated to helping area employers meet the challenges of a fast-changing economy. One of the principal ways we do that is by filling the worker “skill gaps” that prevent leading employers from achieving stronger rates of revenue growth.

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.

$6.3 Million

In Investments

3,142

Individuals Served

1,212

New Jobs Created

6,074

Certificates/Degrees Earned

$23.4 Million

New Wages & Raises

What’s New?

CareerEdge Exemplifies the “Billion Dollar Bet”

National consulting company Bridgespan group recently recommended career pathways as a “Billion Dollar Bet,” for philanthropists to invest in, stating that workforce development strategies have the potential to create significant economic impacts that can sum up to $1 billion regionally. They lauded the model employed by CareerEdge as one that will improve social mobility for low wage workers.  To read the full report, click here: Bridgespan Report

CareerEdge-Funded Research, Develop, and Manufacture LLC RDM Receives Accolades

Local startup RDM was recently profiled by the Huffington Post about its new Band.It product which protects camera lenses from damage. Domenic Aluise, CJ Cooper, Elezar Tonev, and Jacob Barrineau started RDM as seniors at Braden River High School in Bradenton Florida. Now as newly minted freshmen at University of Florida they are already on the path to entrepreneurial success. This past summer CareerEdge funded several RDM interns to assist with the launch of their new product, Band.It. RDM was also a finalist in the Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s BIG – Bright Ideas on the Gulf Coast competition.  The Huffington Post article can be viewed here.  The feature by University of Florida can be viewed here.

CareerEdge Profiled in National Report

The International Economic Development council recently released a report about the changing landscape of workforce “learning systems.” CareerEdge is 1 of 5 national workforce development organizations profiled in the document, titled Chutes & Ladders: The New Rules of the Game for Upskilling Workers. According to the report, CareerEdge’s success has been attributable in part to relationships with regional economic development organizations. The council also highlighted CareerEdge’s reliance on data to drive its workforce investments, stating that it shows a “proactive, demand-driven approach to workforce development that benefits both local employers and workers.”  The full report can be viewed at this link: Full Report

Labor Market Analysis Presentation by Dr. Chris Benner

October 19, CareerEdge hosted the fifth annual Jobs, Jobs, Jobs event.  Dr. Chris Benner of the University of California- Santa Cruz presented a labor market analysis for the Sarasota, Manatee, Hillsborough, and Pinellas county regions.  Dr. Benner focused on the workforce growth in our region and the industry sub-sectors of Construction, Information and Professional Technical Services, Manufacturing, and Healthcare.  The presentation can be viewed here. The presentation given by Dr. Jerry Parrish, Chief Economist for the Florida Chamber of Commerce, can be viewed here.

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.

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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2015 Evaluator Report on Outcomes and Impacts

 $6.3 Million in Investments
 3,142 Individuals Served
 1,212 Jobs Created
 6,074 Certificates/Degrees Earned
 $23.4 Million in New Wages and Raises

CareerEdge Funders Collaborative and St. Petersburg College (SPC) have partnered to provide training to strengthen the region’s growing transportation, distribution and logistics (TDL) workforce. The partnership, TDL Tampa Bay, is funded through a grant CareerEdge received from Jobs for the Future. CareerEdge has been awarded $220,000 to train 300 individuals over the next two years and provide them support and job placement services. The projects will connect underrepresented populations to the industry, with each site committing to serve at least 25 percent female participants.

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