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.
Bank of America (Financial Literacy)
Women’s Resource Center Manatee (Career Closet)
Senior Friendship Centers – RSVP Program (Mentors)
Manufacturing Employer Partners
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):
Centerstone (formerly Manatee Glens)
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:
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
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
Manufacturing & Service Operations
Supply Management & Procurement
Program Manager | LINCS Grant
St. Petersburg College | College of Business
Office: (727) 341-7973
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.