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 and CareerSource Broward include Quick Response Training Grants, Incumbent Worker Training Program, Employed Worker Training Grants, On-The-Job Training Program and more.
CareerSource Broward (CSBD) helps businesses in Greater Fort Lauderdale find well-trained, highly qualified employees in all industries - with no cost for its services. The Broward Workforce Development Board, which governs CareerSource Broward, is a business-led board driving the need-based solutions provided by CSBD. Each year, more than 250,000 job seekers take advantage of CSBD services by either placing a resume in the system or participating in a training program.
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. In addition, CSBD can identify specific financial incentives that may be available when certain job candidates are hired. Funding comes from federal and state tax dollars, so there is no cost to businesses utilizing these services.
Here are some of the services offered to businesses – at no cost to employers:
- Access to thousands of resumes
- Local recruiting
- Pre-screening services
- Easy and convenient job postings
- Employed worker training grants
- Grants for new and expanding businesses
- Customized training for existing employees
- No-cost mass recruitment services
- On-the-job training incentives
- On-site recruitment
- Workforce outplacement services
- Labor market information
- Employer forums
- Career fairs
CareerSource Broward has long-standing partnerships with thousands of Broward County employers. Its staff has years of experience in helping businesses grow by assisting them to recruit qualified candidates who can immediately contribute to their bottom line.
CareerSource Broward is part of the statewide network of nearly 100 career centers in Florida, the first state in the nation to achieve a unified brand and logo for all of its state and regional workforce development boards and career centers.
For more information about programs and services, call the Employer Services line at 954-677-JOBS or visit www.careersourcebroward.com.
Greater Fort Lauderdale companies can take advantage of several statewide and regional training programs that can be tailored to their specific requirements, including the following:
Quick Response Training Grants
The Florida Quick Response Training Grant program is designed to assist qualified relocating and expanding Florida businesses. This program is customized, flexible and responsive to individual company needs
Incumbent Worker Training Program
Incumbent Worker Training is a state program providing training to currently employed workers to keep Florida's workforce competitive in a global economy and to retain existing businesses. The program is available to all for-profit Florida businesses in operation for at least one year prior to application and requires training for existing employees. Funded by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and administered by CareerSource Florida, this program was created to provide financial support upgrading the skills of full-time employees, while reducing training costs.
Training can be done in-house utilizing outside vendors, education partners or public or private training institutions and can also be delivered from an existing curriculum that caters to specific business needs. The programs can increase skills and productivity at every level of an organization.
Dollars for On-the-Job Training
CareerSource Broward’s On-the-Job (OJT) training provides a unique opportunity for individuals who already possess some job-related skills and knowledge to "earn as they learn". By participating, employers benefit by being reimbursed 50% to 75% for the candidate's wages during the training period. The candidate cannot begin employment prior to the approval of the On-The-Job Training agreement between CareerSource Broward and the employer.
OJT focuses on jobs involving the introduction of new technologies, production or service procedures; upgrading to new jobs that require additional skills or workplace literacy; among other purposes. The employer can be in the public, private or nonprofit sector. OJT is limited in duration based upon the target occupation for which the participant is being trained, the participant's prior work experience and the service strategy.
CareerSource Broward - in partnership with Broward College - has developed BrowardIntern.com to help link businesses with talented and highly qualified young people seeking internships. The website allows any company with an internship opportunity based in Broward County to post open positions at no cost and gives college students the ability to upload their resumes to be seen by employers and human resources representatives looking for interns.
"Internships help build the foundation for individuals who want to explore career options and gain valuable experience that can potentially lead to full-time employment," said Mason C. Jackson, President/CEO of CareerSource broward. "It is our hope that our online portal will serve as a tool that the business community can take advantage of to make finding interns a whole lot easier."
In addition, through the BCPS Career, Technical, Adult & Community Education (CTACE) department, students have an opportunity to participate in NAF career-themed academies focusing on one of five career themes: finance, hospitality & tourism, information technology, engineering, and health sciences. As part of this program, 11th graders participate in internships in order to experience real world work experiences that are related to their career pathway.
For additional information regarding workforce development, please contact Jack Bennings, CAE, Director - Workforce Services, at 954-627-0136 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.