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-led partnerships in the following industries:



Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

Computer Science & Information Technology

Construction Trades


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.

Education Partners

Eckerd College

Keiser University

Manatee Technical College

New College of Florida

State College of Florida

St. Petersburg College

Suncoast Technical College

University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee

University of Florida-Innovation Station

Community Partners

 Bank of America

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Suncoast

Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota County

Bradenton Housing Authority

 CareerSource Suncoast

 CareerSource Florida

 Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County

Girls Inc. Sarasota 

 Goodwill Industries-Manasota, Inc.

Harvest House

 Jewish Family & Childrens Services

Laurel Civic Association

Literacy Council of Sarasota

 Manatee Community Action Agency

 Manatee Literacy Council

Rotary Futures

Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC)

Salvation Army Sarasota

Sarasota County Libraries

 Sarasota Housing Authority

 Sarasota Manatee Manufacturers Association (SAMA)

 Senior Friendship Centers 

 Suncoast Community Capital 

Take Stock in Children

The Haven

Unidos Now

 United Way 2-1-1 of Manasota

 United Way Suncoast 

Visible Man Academy

 Women’s Resource Center Manatee

Y Achievers 


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 $970,000 to prepare healthcare professionals to compete in the evolving industry.  Employer contributions in these efforts have exceeded $5.5 million, and local and state workforce grants have surpassed $450,000.  Combined, about $7.0 million dollars has been invested to keep our workforce competitive with the demands of the industry.

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.

Healthcare Employer Partners:

 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



 Planned Parenthood

HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Sarasota


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 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.

Since December 2017, CareerEdge has provided over $330,000 in manufacturing grants to 12 regional manufacturers. These funding grants are aimed at creating, as well as saving, jobs and helping to fuel the local economy.

Manufacturing Employer Partners:

 Air Products

 Berry Plastics

Coast Controls



 Mustang Vacuum



Pierce Manufacturing

RND Automation and Engineering

 Radiant Power Corp

Safran Electrical & Power




Construction Trades

The construction industry in Florida has a critical shortage of workers in the skilled trades.  Therefore, CareerEdge has begun an employer partnership in this sector working with industry associations like the Gulf Coast Builders Exchange, as well as with local employers in Plumbing, Electrical, and Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC).  Our objective is to discover ways to better recruit, train and retain talent in this high demand sector which offers family sustaining wages.  Our focus is on marketing these trades, partnering with local technical colleges to fund certifications programs and to offer employer reimbursement for hiring interns.  CareerEdge is also linking this effort to its Young Adult strategy to help 18-25 year olds earn an industry-recognized credential in a career laddering occupation.

Construction Employer Partners:

Aqua Plumbing and Air

Cool Today

Cy Blue Plumbing


Gulf Coast Builders Exchange

 LaGasse Plumbing

LeLand Plumbing

McDonough Plumbing

Plumbing Express

Plumbing Today

Pure Plumbing

Southern Supply

Terry’s Plumbing & Air Inc.

Ultimate Air

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. Opportunities in this industry are rapidly growing and employers are looking for talented individuals.  CareerEdge entered into this industry in 2015 with a grant from Jobs for the Future to train 300 individuals over two years.  Through this program, CareerEdge provided supportive and job placement services in Supply Chain Management, Customer Service Operations, Warehousing, Demand Planning, Inventory Management, Manufacturing & Service Operations and Transportation Operations.

Now that the grant has ended, CareerEdge continues to explore ways to engage employers in this industry and train future workers for these high-demand jobs.  CareerEdge currently supports the growth of skilled labor in this industry by funding training programs such as, CDL (Certified Drivers License) and Automotive Technicians.

TDL Employer Partners:

Callaghan Tire

City of St. Petersburg

Freight Center

Gettel Automotive

Peterson Toyota

Sunset Automotive

Venice Honda

Wilde Automotive


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