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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

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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 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 training, 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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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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