FloridaWorks and Chamber Business Services Team Offer Workshop for Workforce Boards

Did you know that your local economic and workforce development system are one of the best in the nation, according to the US Chamber of Commerce? Do you know why?  Come find out! At a time when proposed changes in our nation’s workforce system may remove the majority business-controlled Workforce Investment Board model, take the time to be heard as a business leader.  Learn about our local successes and challenges to help grow our community grow. Voice your thoughts as to whether or not business leaders should direct national and local workforce development decisions going forward.

Vice President of Workforce Kim Tesch-Vaught presented a best practices workshop in November at “Taking Care of Business . . . Tools for Success,” a federal summit held by the Department of Labor Education and Training Administration in Atlanta, Georgia. She was invited to present because of the successful collaboration between businesses, FloridaWorks and the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Tesch-Vaught’s workshop focused on developing and sustaining a community-wide, business-led initiative. She stressed the importance of building relationships with local employers, advised workforce agencies to make businesses their primary customer and emphasized the benefits of working with local chambers of commerce.

More than 500 workforce professionals from eight southern states attended this summit which focused on improving connections with local employers, engaging them in the job placement process and addressing each employer’s needs.

The FloridaWorks team is presenting five more workshops at the Workforce Professional Academy conference in December in Orlando. The team will showcase the success of Gainesville’s business-led infrastructure and its major partnerships, such as Startup Quest and Innovation Gainesville. FloridaWorks congratulates Gainesville on its innovative success and looks forward to continued engagement with local employers.

The Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce Business Services team for FloridaWorks is hosting an employer feedback session in the Chamber boardroom, 300 E. University Ave., on Dec. 14 at 9 a.m. All employers are invited.  Click here to RSVP. For more information, contact Shareen Baptiste at 352.334.7105 x302.

Topics of discussion will include:

  • What are your hiring needs?
  • What FloridaWorks’ services worked well for you and your company?
  • What FloridaWorks’ services have not worked will for you?
  • What do you and your community need from your workforce development system more than anything else?
  • What HR issues keep you up at night?
  • Potential changes in the workforce system in the future that all businesses should know about.