Workforce Partners Train the Next Generation of Skilled Workers Together

Our mission is to bring together employers who are seeking workers with employees seeking a better career path and family-sustaining wages.

CareerEdge has employer-based partnerships in the following industries:



Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

Computer Science & Information Technology

Our workforce partnerships offer support via direct grants, advocacy, professional development programs and public-private strategies.

CareerEdge invites you to explore these links to find out more about the programs available through our workforce partners.

Our Educators

State College of Florida

Suncoast Technical College

Keiser University

Eckerd College

University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee

Manatee Technical College

St. Petersburg College

Community Partners

 Goodwill Industries-Manasota, Inc.

Literacy Councils: Sarasota and Manatee

 Whole Child Manatee

 Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County

 Bank of America (Financial Literacy)

 Women’s Resource Center Manatee (Career Closet)

 Jewish Family and Children’s Service

 Senior Friendship Centers – RSVP Program (Mentors)

 CareerSource Suncoast

 CareerSource Florida

 Manatee Community Action Agency

 Sarasota Manatee Manufacturers Association (SAMA)

 United Way 2-1-1 of Manasota

 United Way Suncoast 

 Suncoast Community Capital 

Manufacturing Employer Partners



 Berry Plastics

 Air Products

 Mustang Vacuum

 Radiant Power Corp



Training Skilled Healthcare Workers to Meet Growing Needs

The shortage of skilled healthcare workers in our region has reached critical levels.  Trained and certified professionals are needed across multiple disciplines to meet the current and projected healthcare demands.

To date, CareerEdge has directly invested over $910,000 to prepare healthcare professionals to compete in the evolving industry.  Employer contributions in these efforts have exceeded $3.8 million, and local and state workforce grants have surpassed $400,000.  Combined, over $5.1 million dollars has been invested to keep our workforce competitive with the demands of the industry.

Healthcare Employer Partners

Since 2010, CareerEdge has granted 13 healthcare organizations funding for workforce development initiatives.  These grants helped incumbent workers obtain skills training, as well as nationally recognized credentials and degrees.

CareerEdge has developed a partnership with the healthcare employers to assist them in addressing the challenges they are experiencing in hiring, retaining and advancing their workforce.  We facilitate collaboration between employers and educational and training providers, as well as with community partners to address employers’ workforce needs.  CareerEdge also offers free consortium training for local healthcare employers in areas such as leadership development and soft skills training.

Partnerships (2010 to present):

 Blake Medical Center

 Kobernick Anchin

 Life Care Center of Sarasota

 Manatee Memorial Hospital

 Pines of Sarasota

 Sarasota Memorial Hospital

 Tidewell Hospice

 Venice Regional Medical Center

 Community Health Systems

 Manatee Department of Health


 Centerstone (formerly Manatee Glens)

 Planned Parenthood

Please note we are not currently receiving healthcare grant proposals.


Providing In-Demand Skills for Innovative Product Production 

CareerEdge partners with a range of stakeholders to offer training opportunities to prepare skilled workers to complete and excel in manufacturing and production roles.

Community-wide Initiatives Spearheaded by CareerEdge

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.

Researcher Stephanie Kempton, who conducted in-depth interviews with 20 local employers, updated the report results in order to capture current workforce needs of this industry. Key findings of the study include the following skills gaps identified by local manufacturing organizations:

    • Foundational Skills, such as:
      Foundation Skills PicBasic math and understanding of business concepts
      Reading tape measures, blueprints, etc.
      Use of tools
      Financial Literacy
    • Soft Skills, such as:
      Soft Skills PicCommunication
      Time Management
      Resume Writing
      Work Ethic
    • Technical Skills, such as:
      Technical Skills PCCNC/ Machining specialties in areas like brake press and wood
      Fabricating (solid, metal, wood)
      Welding- especially aluminum
      Industrial Maintenance

Employers offered suggestions on how to close these skills gaps, and a team of community partners will be assembled to develop a plan of action for addressing these recommendations.

Manufacturing Employer Partnerships

Since August 2013, CareerEdge has provided over $320,000 in manufacturing grants to seven (7) regional manufacturers. These funding grants are aimed at creating, as well as saving, jobs and helping to fuel the local economy.

CareerEdge Funders is Currently Receiving Proposals (RFP’s)

CareerEdge is requesting proposals from Manufacturing employers located in Manatee, Sarasota, Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties who can make a compelling case that the CareerEdge Employer Partnership Model can help them accelerate promotions for incumbent workers, while speeding job creation and improving the company’s bottom-line.

Transportation, Distribution and Logistics

Transportation, Distribution and Logistics


Jobs in the transportation, distribution, and logistics (TDL) industry involve the planning, management and movement of people, materials, and goods.  Such services include transportation infrastructure planning and management, logistics services, mobile equipment, and facility maintenance.

Opportunities in this industry are rapidly growing and employers are looking for talented individuals.  CareerEdge has been awarded a large grant through Jobs for the Future to train 300 individuals over the next two years.  Through this program we ill provide supportive and job placement services.

If you are an employer or individual located in the Tampa Bay or Sarasota/Manatee Region and would like to learn more about how CareerEdge can help with training or job placement, please contact Deborah Chapman.

Certifications offered at SPC:

Supply Chain Management Principles

Customer Service Operations

Warehousing Operations

Demand Planning

Inventory Management

Manufacturing & Service Operations

Supply Management & Procurement

Transportation Operations


Marta Przyborowski
Program Manager | LINCS Grant
St. Petersburg College | College of Business
Office: (727) 341-7973



New partnership to offer warehouse and distribution certifications

CareerEdge Funders Collaborative of Bradenton and St. Petersburg College have formed a new joint venture aimed at getting 300 workers certified to work in supply-chain jobs in the next two years.

New partnership targets 300 supply chain jobs

CareerEdge Funders Collaborative in Manatee County and St. Petersburg College have formed a workforce-training partnership aimed at supply chain management jobs..

CareerEdge & St. Petersburg College Partner to Provide Supply Chain Management Workforce Training

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.