MANUFACTURING

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:

Technical Skills, such as:

  • CNC/ Machining specialties in areas like brake press and wood
  • Fabricating (solid, metal, wood)
  • Welding- especially aluminum
  • Industrial Maintenance

Foundational Skills, such as:

  • Basic math and understanding of business concepts
  • Reading tape measures, blueprints, etc.
  • Use of tools
  • Financial Literacy

Soft Skills, such as:

  • Communication
  • Time Management
  • Resume Writing
  • Interviewing
  • Work Ethic

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 2018, CareerEdge has provided over $403,074 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.