Get to know CareerEdge

CareerEdge Funders Collaborative, a national-award-winning workforce and employer-led innovative initiative, is making waves by turning the traditional model for workforce investment in Florida on its head. CareerEdge partners directly with employers in fast-growing sectors in the regional economy, to help them fill skills gaps and meet their employment needs, while at the same time assisting individuals in entering the workforce and moving up career ladders. CareerEdge is a cutting-edge initiative and is transforming the way stakeholders and policy makers in the region and around the state look at career training.

MISSION STATEMENT: Our mission is to provide an exceptional labor force to the regions growing industries by leveraging community assets and forming high-performing workforce partnerships.

VISION STATEMENT: CareerEdge will be known as the region’s distinguished workforce development organization that promotes economic prosperity through strong employer-labor and community partnerships.

OUR FOUNDATION: Employer Voice, Data Driven, Collaboration and Partnership, Racial Equity and Inclusion, System Change, Innovation, Smart and Flexible Solutions

CareerEdge is the first Funders Collaborative designated as a National Fund for Workforce Solutions site in the Southeastern US. The collaborative uses donated funds to create a skilled labor pool in the Manatee-Sarasota region and helps local employers find the talent they need. Learn more about how we fulfill this vital mission and how you can help drive economic development in the Manatee-Sarasota region. CareerEdge is an initiative of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce Foundation 

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CareerEdge, the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce workforce initiative, has hired Kempton Research and Planning to perform a Manufacturing Skills Gap Study, similar to the study that was spearheaded by CareerEdge in 2012. To read the full press release, click here.

Are you looking for an immediate new career opportunity?  We have three upcoming tuition-free Fast-Track training programs with Suncoast Technical College in manufacturing, automotive, and marine.  Applicants must complete a phone interview with CareerEdge to be considered for the training.  The deadline to apply is July 14th.

CareerEdge published its annual, third-party evaluation evaluation. Participants saw an average wage gain of 12 percent after the first year of training.  Read the report.

CareerEdge updated the “Where are the Jobs?” Guide in partnership with PlanIt Sarasota and Reach Manatee our Local College Access organizations. Bank of America Sarasota/Manatee funded the redesign and printing. Copies will be distributed to Sarasota and Manatee students  Click to open

CareerEdge partners with Eppard Foundation and STC to build a tiny home. Approximately 180 students will gain hand-on experience in the Construction Trades

Regions Foundation Awards $50,000 to CareerEdge to Scale Fast-Track Trainings

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