The CareerSource Florida Board of Directors advances policies and initiatives to increase the prosperity of workers and employers, reduce welfare dependency, increase economic self-sufficiency, and enhance productivity and competitiveness.

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Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

The federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) guides states in achieving and maintaining an integrated, outcome-oriented public workforce system that links diverse talent to businesses. This is accomplished through customer-driven workforce solutions and excellent customer service that support strong regional economies. The 2022-2024 Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Unified Plan Two-Year Modification is available for public comment.

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The Career and Professional Education Act

The Florida Career and Professional Education (CAPE) Act provides a statewide planning partnership between Florida’s business and education communities to attract, expand and retain targeted, high-value industries and to sustain a strong, knowledge-based economy.

2022-2023 Application

The CAPE application is open from Nov. 1-30, 2022. Only local workforce development board staff; public school principals, including those who work for career and technical education directors; and Florida College System administrators may submit applications.

Prior to applying, review the submission guidelines and the sample application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Industry certifications that meet CAPE eligibility criteria and the standards set forth by Florida’s Credentials Review Committee in the Framework of Quality will be considered for CAPE funding. Existing certifications on the Florida Master Credentials List and industry certifications currently offered within Florida’s education system should not be resubmitted as they will be automatically evaluated. View the list of industry certifications that will be automatically evaluated.

CLIFF Dashboard

CareerSource Florida partnered with the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta to develop the Florida Career Ladder Identifier and Financial Forecaster (CLIFF) Dashboard. This tool helps Floridians identify career strategies to achieve economic stability and minimize the impacts of loss of public assistance. CareerSource Florida has developed additional resources to support local workforce development boards and partners in using the tool, including a report by the University of Florida on data gathered during the pilot phase of this initiative.

Strategic Workforce Policies

CareerSource Florida advances strategic policies that connect employers with qualified, skilled talent and Floridians with employment and career development opportunities. These strategic policies are high-level principles or directional statements that inform or clarify federal and state legislative policy or workforce system strategies. Strategic policies direct decision-making at the program level and may result in the development of administrative policies.

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Sector Strategy Solutions

Sector strategies are regional, industry-focused approaches to building a skilled workforce and are one of the most effective ways to align public and private resources to address the talent needs of employers. While the approach is not new, there is increasing evidence showing that sector strategies can simultaneously improve employment opportunities for job seekers and the competitiveness of industries. At the heart of sector strategies are sector partnerships, sometimes referred to as industry partnerships, workforce collaboratives or regional skills alliances. These partnerships are led by businesses within a critical industry cluster working collaboratively with workforce development, education and training, economic development, labor and community organizations.