FEDC Virtual Engagement Series - Building Florida Recovery & Resiliency Through Worker Upskilling
Join FEDC and CareerSource Florida on June 23rd from 12-1:30 PM as Florida workforce, economic development, and education leaders come together for a virtual event hosted by FEDC. We have watched the impacts of COVID-19 on our workforce, education, and economic development systems; and have witnessed innovation across the state. With historical unemployment levels and stresses to Florida’s small businesses, brick-and-mortar classrooms have been transformed into digital environments, and new approaches in learning, teaching, and providing services have emerged.
The need for diversification in employment is critical. Providing a rapid response and recruiting recently displaced workers is a priority for the entire workforce system.
The Florida Department of Education, in partnership with CareerSource Florida, has worked to identify in-demand, short-term certificates and credentials and map their alignment to Florida’s targeted industries. All of these efforts are focused on helping displaced workers re-enter the workforce as quickly as possible.
Typically, targeted industries have not been linked to specific training programs. However, this initiative has identified 142 short-term training programs, 89 of which were mapped to the Health Science, Manufacturing, Finance, Transportation, and Information sectors in an effort to connect dislocated workers with resilient career pathways and strengthen Florida’s economic diversification.
This research will add to our collective efforts to address Florida’s future needs and answer the questions before us:
What changes will stay?
How will Florida’s education, economic development, and workforce systems evolve in the age of COVID?
What are the career pathways that enable Floridians to upgrade their skills and learn new ones so they can move into good jobs in rebounding fields as the health crisis abates and the economy begins to recover?
How can public and private industry work together to support future jobs and support a solid economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic?
How can YOU get involved in upskilling your workforce in high quality, short-term, market-aligned credential programs tied to key sectors of importance?
Moderator: Kelly Smallridge, Chair, FEDC
Chancellor Henry Mack, Florida Department of Education