For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Mireya Eavey
Executive VP of CareerEdge
CareerEdge Selected to Receive Grant to Bolster Manufacturing Workforce in Sarasota-Bradenton
Sarasota-Bradenton, Fla. (July 23, 2019) – Today, CareerEdge Funders Collaborative, the workforce development initiative of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, was selected by the National Fund for Workforce Solutions to receive a $125,000 grant for on-the-job training in high-demand advanced manufacturing skills.
The two-year investment, made possible by The Boeing Company, will provide support for participating employers to train new and incumbent workers in the skills needed to remain competitive. The training programs will help manufacturing companies fill vacancies while advancing current employees into positions with higher skills and higher wages. The program will prioritize racial and gender diversity in the workforce and will develop employer leaders who commit to building a sustainable career development system.
CareerEdge’s goals include addressing a worker shortage in advanced manufacturing locally while providing an opportunity for workers to obtain employment at livable and competitive wages. CareerEdge can provide 50% salary reimbursement up to $13/hour and will assist a total of 40 workers or job seekers over the course of this two-year grant.
CareerEdge is one of two sites nationwide selected to launch the second phase of this Boeing Company on-the-job training grant to upskill and increase wages for workers in the manufacturing industry. On the job training (OJT) is a hands-on method of teaching workers the knowledge, skills and competencies needed to perform a specific job. Employees will earn a paycheck while learning in the actual environment where work is performed.
About CareerEdge Funders Collaborative
CareerEdge is the workforce development initiative of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. CareerEdge Funder’s Collaborative is an innovative partnership of business, government, and philanthropic organizations that leverages public and private dollars to provide opportunities for better jobs and wages in Manatee and Sarasota counties. For more information about CareerEdge and its partners, please visit www.careeredgefunders.org or call 941.556.4029.
About the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit organization that works to cultivate Sarasota's prosperity and quality of life through our member businesses, for more information please call (941) 955-8187 or visit us at www.sarasotachamber.com.
About National Fund for Workforce Solutions
The National Fund for Workforce Solutions invests in a dynamic national network of 30+ communities taking a demand-driven, evidence-based approach to workforce development. At the local level, the National Fund’s partner organizations contribute resources, test ideas, collect data, and improve public policies and business practices that help all workers succeed and employers have the talent they need to compete. Leveraging the expertise of its local leaders, the National Fund shares learning across the network and identify trends, opportunities, and best practices. Together, the National Fund network is changing the conversation around workforce development to promote equity and driver greater impact. Learn more at www.NationalFund.org.