The Florida TRADE Consortium, a coalition of 13 state and community colleges across Florida, is launching a statewide campaign to place 1,000 Florida TRADE students into jobs in advanced manufacturing by April 1, 2016. The campaign will be highlighted by job fairs, campus events, manufacturing days and forums, and other activities over the next 12 months.
“Florida TRADE’s mission is to develop and deliver accelerated technical training programs that allow students to earn industry certifications and to acquire technical skills that lead to jobs in advanced manufacturing” said Dr. Gary Graham, Director of the Florida TRADE Consortium. “We are committed to placing our students into good manufacturing jobs across the state.”
The CareerSource Florida network, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, the Manufacturers Association of Florida’s MAF Center for Advanced Manufacturing Excellence, and Regional CareerSource boards and regional manufacturing associations have joined Florida TRADE in the “Drive to 1,000.”
“Manufacturers in Florida are growing and hiring,” said Nancy Stephens, Executive Director of the Manufacturers Association of Florida. “They want employees looking for meaningful careers. Today’s manufacturing is high-skill and high-wage. Those wages circulate through the economy, improving the quality of life for all citizens. “
As a part of the “Drive to 1,000” campaign, the group will conduct a statewide Florida Manufacturing Career Fair on April 22, to be held at multiple venues across the state. For more information about Florida TRADE and the upcoming Florida Manufacturing Career fair, visit www.fltrade.org or www.mafmfg.com.
“Advanced Manufacturing is an important industry targeted for future growth in Florida,” said CareerSource Florida President and CEO Chris Hart IV. “CareerSource Florida is a proud partner in this collaborative effort to help Florida’s manufacturers expand and compete, and Floridians secure rewarding, well-paying careers.”
Learn more about the Florida TRADE Consortium at SPC on the college’s website.