According to the Florida Chamber Foundation’s recent unemployment report, there are more than 1.13 million Floridians with disabilities between the ages of 16 and 65. Of the 1.13 million, 700,000 people with disabilities are not currently in Florida’s workforce.
Sachs Media Group is one of the 10 businesses who were selected to take part in the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Internship Program, in partnership with The Able Trust, which seeks to help close the talent gap by connecting businesses with workforce needs to valuable talent.
Business around the state cite a skilled workforce as the number one issue facing them. According to Lisa Garcia, Chief Operating Officer, at Sachs Media Group, for businesses in a specialize field, it can be difficult to find just the right person with the right set of skills. A difficulty, she explains, that makes internship programs like this one even more important.
“It’s an opportunity to help somebody early on in their career establish the skills that they need to move on and to do other things in their community and beyond…it’s a win-win for the company and for that individual,” said Garcia.
Her advice to business and COOs looking for qualified talent?
“Think outside of the box and open your horizons… you have to go and look and make a concerted effort to meet these individuals and open up that opportunity for them and for yourselves— because it’s a win-win for everyone,” said Garcia.