Florida Manufacturing Career Fair and STEAM job fair highlight local manufacturers, job openings

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GAINESVILLE, FL – Florida’s state colleges, manufacturers and regional workforce boards are teaming up to connect Floridians with great careers in advanced manufacturing. Floridians will have the opportunity to meet with local manufacturers Wednesday, April 22, at multiple venues across Florida as part of the statewide Florida Manufacturing Career Fair.

In an effort to connect highly skilled talent with career opportunities in advanced manufacturing, CareerSource North Central Florida and Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce (GACC) will host manufacturing companies on April 22 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the CareerSource NCFL career center, 4800 SW 13th St.

The local Florida Manufacturing Career Fair is part of a two-day event kicking off on Tuesday, April 21 with STEAM: Building Blocks of Workforce. STEAM is a two-pronged, cross-industry networking event, consisting of both a leadership seminar and job fair. The STEAM job fair is Tuesday, April 21 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. at the Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida.

“Advanced manufacturing is a K-20 focus in our community, from finding businesses the talent they need today to developing our future workforce for industry growth,” said Thomas McIntosh, CareerSource NCFL board chair and president and owner of Berkshire Hathaway Trend Realty and Trend Management Solutions. “Pairing the statewide career fair with our local STEAM job fair brings awareness to opportunities and career pathways for advanced manufacturing right here in our region.”

The statewide Career Fair brings together the Manufacturers Association of Florida; the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity; the Florida TRADE Consortium; a coalition of 13 state and community colleges; and members of the CareerSource Florida network at the state and local levels to connect manufacturers who have job openings with qualified candidates.

“Regional manufacturers are looking for a diverse range of skills sets and this job fair provides an opportunity to meet potential employees through the many partners involved,” said Ryan Loftus, vice chair of the GACC Advanced Manufacturing Council and senior engineering manager for Exactech, Inc. “One of the greatest steps an organization can take towards success is hiring the right talent for their positions.”

“Manufacturers in Florida are growing and hiring,” said Nancy Stephens, Executive Director, Manufacturers Association of Florida. “They want employees looking for meaningful careers that make a difference in others’ lives. Today’s manufacturing is high skill and high wage. Those wages circulate through the economy, improving the quality of life for all citizens.”

For more information about the Florida Manufacturing Career Fair including locations and times, please visit www.mafmfg.com. For information about the Florida TRADE Consortium, visit www.fltrade.org.

To register for the STEAM: Building Blocks of Workforce leadership seminar and/or job fair, visit gainesvillechamber.com.

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