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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
in Florida's Gulf Coast Region
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Innovative Strategies to
Workforce Solutions
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 Looks to Close Skills Gaps in the Insurance Industry

Insurance organizations in the region continue to notice the decrease in skilled talent and the opening of more and more positions in the industry.  CareerEdge hopes to bridge this gap by developing an insurance industry skills gap study with the help of local employers.  Several roundtables will be hosted this month with local employers to help begin the discussion and start the research needed for the skills gap report.

Unfilled Jobs in our Region and Beyond

There are many different strategies when it comes to closing skills gaps and training workers, but it seems a larger problem is finding the workers to do so.  A recent article in a South Carolina news paper highlights the challenge of having a low unemployment rate (4.4%) with a decreased population of people participating in the workforce. Read more about this national problem here.

USF Nursing Expands to Sarasota-Manatee Campus

With a growing need for skilled nurses in our region, University of South Florida has announced the addition of a nursing degree program at the Sarasota-Manatee campus of the college.  Students accepted into the program will participate in a pre-nursing curriculum for the first two years of their education. Then, graduates of that program will complete their baccalaureate nursing degree at either the Tampa or Sarasota-Manatee campuses. Students will also gain connections with local Sarasota-Manatee healthcare employers during their time at the University.  Read more about the announcement here.

High-Paying Trade Jobs Draw Attention of College Bound

Many have been told that going to college is the only way to have a high-paying and successful career. Employers in the trade industries are shifting this conversation and are drawing the attention of job seekers with the opportunity to earn competitive wages, benefits and training opportunities. A recent article by the National Public Radio shares that some students are even leaving college to approach training such as iron work, where there is no college debt and the training is completely funded.  Read more from the article, here.

CareerEdge Introduces New Training Strategies

CareerEdge continues to establish creative ways to connect people to in-demand career-laddering jobs while assisting employers with their workforce needs.  With support from local technical colleges, CareerEdge helped to establish ‘express’ training programs for automotive, plumbing and electrical programs. To learn about these innovative workforce solutions read more here.

PGT Industries Celebrates New Achievement

CareerEdge funded employer partner, PGT Industries,  opened a $1.8 million early education center that will give employees and others access to affordable, state-of-the-art child care.  The new facility is one example of how CareerEdge employers are working to create quality jobs, provide resources for employees and offer an overall positive work environment.  Read more about the grand opening in the Sarasota Herald Tribune, 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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