CareerSource Florida today launched a website to enhance access to Florida Training Solutions — which include its Quick Response Training and Incumbent Worker Training programs — designed to help Florida companies find, develop and keep good employees.
The new site, floridatrainingsolutions.com, was presented during the Florida Economic Development Council (FEDC) Southeast Regional Gathering to educate attendees, which included businesses, economic developers, and others, on the new online tool as a single point of entry to CareerSource Florida training resources.
The site’s role
The Florida Training Solutions site will serve an important role in CareerSource Florida’s efforts to connect businesses to training resources to increase their own competitiveness and, ultimately, the state’s as well. In addition to serving as a portal to CareerSource Florida training grants, the site also connects visitors to valuable partner resources such as information about locally driven hiring and training resources, targeted industries and tax advantages for businesses relocating or expanding to Florida.
There are also videos highlighting businesses and job seekers who have used CareerSource Florida training resources to advance their companies and careers.
“Employers are drawn to Florida for many reasons, from competitive costs and business-friendly policies to quality of life. But Florida’s commitment to continuously improving its talented workforce and increasing talent for key industries are ultimately what help businesses thrive here,” said Chris Hart IV, CareerSource Florida President/CEO. “Floridatrainingsolutions.com reflects this commitment and our efforts to support economic growth by building talent and connecting that talent with opportunities.”
Area Development magazine, in its recently released 28th annual Corporate Consultants survey, found that the availability of skilled labor tops the list of factors that determine where businesses locate, expand or relocate. More than 95 percent of those surveyed ranked skilled labor availability as important or very important, up from 89.4 percent the year before.
CareerSource Florida, working with Governor Rick Scott and other key stakeholders, continues to make talent development a cornerstone of the state’s economic development efforts.
CareerSource Florida leaders highlighted the website during the Florida Economic Development Council Southeast Regional Gathering, where they discussed current and emerging workforce trends, the Quick Response Training grant program, the new unified brand for Florida’s workforce network and ongoing efforts to educate businesses about the resources available through the network to find and train skilled workers.
Attendees engaged in an in-depth discussion about Florida’s workforce and heard from CareerSource Florida leaders including:
- Andra Cornelius, CEcD, Senior Vice President of Programs and Policy
- Dr. Rod Lewis, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives
- Debbie McMullian, Quick Response Training Program Director
- Adriane Glenn Grant, Vice President of Communications