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Workforce Development

Workforce development has become an innovative source of solutions in meeting the changing demands of business and industry.  Workforce training programs facilitated by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance include Quick Response Training, Incumbent Worker Training, Employed Worker Training and more. 

To meet the demand for skilled employees in all industries, CareerSource Broward helps businesses in Greater Fort Lauderdale find well-trained, highly qualified employees.

CareerSource Broward can save businesses “Money – Energy – Time” by listing positions in Employ Florida Marketplace, Florida’s state-administered database; prescreening and interviewing applicants; and providing employers with valuable labor market information. There is funding available to train new and current employees if those existing employees could be in danger of losing their jobs.  In addition, CSBD can identify specific financial incentives that may be available when certain job candidates are hired. Here are some of the services offered to businesses – at no cost to employers. 

Recruiting Assistance: Face-to-Face or Virtual        

CareerSource Broward professionals simplify the recruitment process by locating qualified candidates; conducting various skills assessments based on job criteria; scheduling appointments; and providing facility space to conduct interviews. CSBD can also assist with career fairs by conducting and promoting off-site, multi-company recruiting events; off-site, single-vendor recruiting events; or smaller, targeted in-house recruiting events at their facilities.

Employ Florida Marketplace, www.employflorida.com is Florida’s online recruiting tool for employers looking for Florida job seekers, or who need access to rich information about wage trends, labor market demographics, job description writers and a host of other valuable resources to extend the HR function. CareerSource Broward and Employ Florida Marketplace provide Greater Fort Lauderdale businesses with a no-cost recruiting toolbox.

No-Cost Advertising

To fill open positions, employers can call in a job order, send an order online or fax a completed form. Job orders are advertised in www.employforida.com for local, state and national exposure, while CareerSource Broward’s professional team looks for qualified candidates. CSBD has access to the largest source of prescreened, job-ready applicants – all available to employers at no cost. Each year, CSBD assists and works with more than 100,000 job seekers.

Professional Candidates

The Professional Placement Network (PPN) is a professional-level pool of job seekers who have graduated from a rigorous course on conducting a self-directed job search taught by CareerSource Broward career counseling experts. These experienced and trained candidates come from a wide range of backgrounds. If a business has professional-level openings, CareerSource Broward’s PPN program has viable candidates ready to begin work today.

Recruiting in Numbers

If a company is new or expanding and needs to hire numerous people, CSBD can save companies money, energy and time by facilitating the effort; promoting a hiring event; providing information; distributing forms; ensuring completeness and accuracy of the company’s required documentation; providing preliminary screening; and helping in any other ways needed. This program is flexible enough to meet all recruiting needs. A few of the mass recruitments done for local companies include the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Memorial Hospital West, Broward County Schools, Home Depot, the Westin Diplomat, Dania Entertainment Center, Teleperformance and many more.

Money for Training

Training expenses for new or existing employees can be costly for many companies. CareerSource Broward assists businesses that want to apply for training programs provided by local and state funding.

Dollars to Train Existing Employees

Local and state dollars are also available to train a business’ existing employees, upgrading skills to prevent layoffs. These programs are flexible enough to meet many training requirements. CSBD provides industry or company-specific training for employees and can be customized to business objectives.

Dollars for On-the-Job Training

CareerSource Broward’s On-the-Job (OJT) training provides occupational training in the work environment and to a business’ specifications. Through this service, companies can be reimbursed up to 90 percent of the wages paid to a training participant. OJT is encouraged, especially in middle-skill occupations, and can be performed in conjunction with classroom instruction.

Assistance for Laid-off Workers

If a company is forced to reorganize, shut down operations, or experiences a natural disaster that results in the dislocation of workers, CSBD can help. Representatives will come to a facility to discuss CSBD job search services, educate affected workers about filing unemployment claims and even bring representatives from other local employers looking to hire candidates with similar skill sets. The Professional Placement Network experts also are available to provide job search assistance to professional-level employees, either at CSBD Career Centers or at a business location.  This is an important service not only to those laid off but to those who remain because it shows company concern and compassion.

Financial Incentives

Companies may be entitled to a variety of financial incentives by using CSBD services and hiring specific job seekers. Some of these programs include Work Opportunity Tax Credits, Enterprise Zone Tax Credits and Welfare Transition Business Bonuses. Additionally, some candidates hired through CareerSource Broward qualify for subsidized childcare, transportation and education assistance.

 

Internships

      

The number one resource every company needs is great talent. 

In Broward County, there are many options for local companies to grow and sustain the talent pipeline.    

To access an informative toolkit that offers steps to plan and execute an exceptionally high quality internship program, please click here.

 

  

 

 

 

For additional information regarding workforce development, please contact Jack Bennings, CAE, Director - Workforce Services, at 954-627-0136 or at jbennings@gflalliance.org.

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