CareerSource Florida President: Right Skills at the Right Time Matter

As the Florida Jobs 2030 report points out, industry input is key to Florida’s success. CareerSource Florida is holding workshops and has established leadership councils based around this report to “think about what the talent needs are for those industries that are so important to Florida’s economy.”

The Florida Chamber Foundation’s Chief Economist, Dr. Jerry Parrish, estimates that nearly 2 million net new jobs will need to be created between now and 2030. Florida’s workforce is key to ensuring a future that can create economic opportunities and jobs for all Floridians. That’s why a long-term lens on what workforce means to businesses in Florida is important.

As Dennard explains:

The CareerSource Florida network served over 80,000 businesses last year in recruiting, training and hiring needs. What we found, was that the need for businesses to have the right skills at the right time available to support their business is critical to moving Florida’s economy forward. Creating a long-term sustainable talent pipeline can move these opportunities from being transactional – or meeting the needs of an individual business— to transformational, changing the lives of Florida families and ensuring that sustainable talent pipeline for businesses.

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Workforce Development



Preparing Florida’s Workforce for a Global Economy


Why It Matters to Florida

Florida’s rebounding economy is creating more opportunities for Florida’s families to get back to work. Since December 2010, more than 940,000 private-sector jobs have been created. As Florida’s economy continues to focus on diversification and competitiveness, we must continue to work toward filling the gap that is created between Florida’s current education system and the needs of Florida’s employers. Whether the need is in early education, K-12, higher education, workforce development or lifelong learning, Florida wins when we continue to close the talent gaps and put our students before special interests — no matter what.

Florida’s Competitiveness Agenda

Continuing to provide businesses with the keys to a well-trained talent pool begins with championing high value programs such as Quick Response Training. Supporting training programs will allow businesses, particularly small businesses, to play a leading role in their own growth and development and fill the gaps between employer needs and talent availability.

The Fight for Free Enterprise Continues

Florida’s economy will continue to change, and so must our education and training programs. Whether it’s a server, systems analyst, welder, driver, teacher or any of the thousands of prospective job titles in Florida, talent is quickly becoming the new economic development currency. As Florida’s economy moves toward innovation and high-wage, high-value jobs in emerging industries, we must have the workforce ready to fill these new positions. A strong pool of globally competitive employees will be a powerful lure for businesses who hope to prosper in our state. Together we can ensure Florida remains a national leader in producing a talented workforce.

Act Now

Florida Chamber members regularly tell us that finding and keeping a talented workforce is their top concern. Tell us your story by contacting us today.