Speed Networking Event to expose teens to local vocational career opportunities

Sarasota, FL (April 20, 2017) – The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County invites all high school students, their families and community partners to an exciting, fast-paced networking event designed to help grow their knowledge of available careers in our region’s skilled trade industry. The event will take place on Thursday, April 27, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Tom & Debbie Shapiro Career Resource Center, located next to the Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club at 3100 Fruitville Road in Sarasota.

In partnership with CareerEdge Funders Collaborative, this event will give attendees the opportunity to speak with local vocational employers and skilled trade workers and make invaluable connections with leaders in the Sarasota community. Guests will also receive a copy of the “Where are the Jobs?” career guide that was developed by CareerEdge to provide students, parents, guidance counselors or mentors with information about high-demand jobs in our region and the educational pathways for obtaining those jobs. The guide also provides students with quality career options while helping local employers increase their pipeline of skilled workers in order to foster growth and prosperity in our region.
“With the partnership between CareerEdge and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County, we will help introduce the many career opportunities and growing industries that are available to students in our region. We want to inspire and give these students the confidence that they can attain a great career when they grow up,” said Mireya Eavey, Executive Director of CareerEdge.
Fourteen trade industries will be represented at this event by a partner agency ranging from automotive and construction to manufacturing and plumbing. Partner agencies include Sunset Automotive Group, Echt-Architects, LLC, Manasota Flooring, Gilbane, Lee Wetherington Homes, Capital Grille, Sarasota Yacht Club, Badger Bobs, Marnie Sorensen Interiors, Rewired Solutions, PGT, Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Plumbing Today and Energy Today.
“We’re excited to host this event with CareerEdge and show our guests, especially our teens, that there are high-demand, well-paying jobs in our community that employers are looking to fill with qualified candidates,” said Bill Sadlo, President/CEO at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County. “Our participating partner agencies will provide a unique perspective and share not only what they love about their jobs, but also the steps they took to successfully secure competitive community employment in their specific field.”
At the end of the event, guests will have the opportunity to sign up to receive more information about a particular field and will be invited to participate in vocational programming in their field of interest later this year at the Tom & Debbie Shapiro Career Resource Center.
Individuals interested in attending this event must register with Suriya Khong, Director of Teen Outreach, by emailing skhong@bgcsarasota.com or 941-217-5295. For more information about this event, visit www.bgcsarasota.com or call 941-366-3911.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County have played an integral role in the Sarasota County community for more than 47 years, providing daily programs and services to thousands of young people. The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. The vision is to provide a world-class Club experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who walks through our doors, with all members on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship, and living a healthy lifestyle.
CareerEdge is an innovative partnership of business, government, and philanthropic organizations that leverages public and private dollars to provide opportunities for better jobs and wages in Manatee and Sarasota counties. The first regional collaborative of workforce investors in the southeastern United States to be designated as a site of the National Fund for Workforce Solutions, CareerEdge was created with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, City of Bradenton Central Community Redevelopment Agency, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Bank of America, Bradenton 14th Street Community Redevelopment Agency, Bradenton Downtown Development Authority, and Manatee Community Action Agency. It is also supported by contributions from the Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation, Microsoft, Sarasota County Government, Jane’s Trust, JP Morgan Chase, Scheidel Foundation and United Way Suncoast. For more information about CareerEdge and its partners, please visit www.careeredgefunders.org or call 941.328.6985