Sarasota County Manufacturing Plan of Action
An Innovative Workforce System that will Connect Today and Tomorrow’s Workers to Jobs in an Evolving Economy through a Community Approach
The purpose of this Plan of Action is to put more Sarasota and Manatee county residents to work, while filling vacant positions within the manufacturing sector and closing the skill gaps that are limiting growth for the industry.
Through the CareerEdge Manufacturing Skill Gap Study, employers reported that if they were able to fill jobs with skilled workers, they would have the means to grow their operations. Our objective is to work together to connect the dots in four areas 1) improving awareness of employer needs and the training opportunities available for workers, 2) improving educational programs – both K-12 and post-secondary – to meet the training needs of employers and workers 3) expanding business and community partnerships for a more dynamic and efficient workforce system, and 4) engaging employers, as key partners in the success of the new initiatives under this Plan.