With a long history of prosperity in agriculture, marine, distribution and manufacturing industries, Florida's Research Coast has emerged as a major contender in a variety of industries requiring new job skills in the workforce. As we work to meet this demand, local leaders have established new strategies to pull together all of our educational and training resources to create a world-class workforce training environment. Florida's Research Coast leverages federal and state funds to build and sustain these systems through the following:
Needs assessments, gap analyses and identification of training and development programs
Quick response training
Incumbent worker training
Employed worker training On the Job Training
Curriculum and program development
Development and delivery of demand-driven workforce training, programs and services
Workforce Solutions: providing employer recruitment assistance, business training initiatives and links to training opportunities and job openings, Workforce Solutions is a regional organization dedicated to offering workforce assistance to local businesses. We strive to meet the needs of employers and employees through a variety of programs and services. By collaborating with other regional partners, we deliver the best resources available throughout the four county region. More information can be found at www.yourworkforcesolutions.com
Another important element in developing top talent on Florida's Research Coast is the collaboration with local higher educational institutions. This includes Indian River State College (IRSC), Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and others. Working closely with local businesses to develop high-level training, these educational institutions deliver training programs in all four counties.
As the region works to further develop industry clusters, major emphasis is placed on developing talent in these areas of need. Working directly with IRSC and FAU and other local training resources, the industry clusters are committed to building and growing training programs for these respective industries.
Rapid development and improvements in our local K-12 school programs have provided a stronger pipeline of prospective workers to fill open positions. Current activities focus on identifying the future needs of businesses throughout the region. Collaboration between business and education have taken a priority role in sharing ideas with K-12 system providers.