FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 28, 2015
Victoria Langley Heller
TALLAHASSEE – CareerSource Florida leaders today praised Governor Rick Scott’s 2015-2016 “Keep Florida Working” Budget and the Governor’s prioritization of state investments in workforce training and education.
CareerSource Florida Board Chairman Dwayne Ingram, CEO of IT Capital Services, said, “Governor Rick Scott is to be commended for his ongoing emphasis on the critical importance of investment in workforce training and education in his ‘Keep Florida Working’ Budget. The Governor’s focus on STEM education, industry partnership and cutting-edge training opportunities is vital to ensuring the success of Florida’s businesses and communities, now and in the future.”
CareerSource Florida President and CEO Chris Hart IV said, “We applaud Governor Rick Scott for again prioritizing Florida’s students – our future workforce – and the needs of employers both today and tomorrow. The Governor’s “Keep Florida Working” Budget further demonstrates his commitment to strengthening Florida’s standing as the global leader for talent.”
Specific to workforce development, the “Keep Florida Working” Budget recommends the following:
- Keeping the Quick Response Training Program at its current-year funding level of $12.1 million to help maintain the economic competitiveness Florida has achieved under Governor Scott. Quick Response Training, administered by CareerSource Florida, provides businesses in targeted industries with performance-based funding to train new and existing employees at businesses expanding or relocating in Florida.
- As a new initiative under the Quick Response Training Program, $30 million to provide more Floridians with the training required for successful careers. The High-Skill/High-Wage Workforce Training Program will provide flexible funding to businesses seeking to train employees and individuals seeking training in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) as well as other specialized high skill/high wage occupations. This includes providing scholarships for attendance at Florida state colleges and post-secondary vocational centers to students seeking training in such occupations.
- Approximately $283.4 million for Florida’s 24 regional workforce boards, responsible for providing workforce services directly linked to job seekers and businesses including job placement, recruitment assistance and skills training. $1 million to create a paid summer residency program, in partnership with Florida high-tech companies, for K-12 STEM teachers to infuse new industry trends in the classroom.
CareerSource Florida is the statewide workforce policy and investment board of business and government leaders charged with overseeing the CareerSource Florida network, which includes the Department of Economic Opportunity, 24 regional workforce boards and nearly 100 career centers. The CareerSource Florida network connects employers with qualified, skilled talent and Floridians with employment and career development opportunities to achieve economic prosperity. Learn more at careersourceflorida.com or 1-866-352-2345.
CareerSource Florida is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. The voice telephone numbers in this document may be reached by persons using TTY/TDD equipment via the Florida Relay Service at 711. Disponible en Español.