Sector Strategies Workshops Aim to Strengthen Regional Employer-Workforce Partnerships

December 12, 2016

CareerSource Florida hosted the Northwest Florida Sector Strategies Technical Assistance Workshop last week at the Advanced Technology Center on the campus of Gulf Coast State College in Panama City. The workshop, the first of several planned statewide, highlighted successful industry sector-based approaches and practices for workforce development. Participants worked together to identify steps for moving sector strategies forward in their region.

“Through sector partnerships, our state’s business community is driving the conversation with the goal of building solutions customized to the unique needs of diverse industries,” said Andra Cornelius, CEcD, Senior Vice President of Business and Workforce Development at CareerSource Florida. “This industry-focused approach to building a skilled workforce is among the most effective ways to align public and private resources to address the talent needs of employers.”

Research from similar efforts nationally shows sector strategies strengthen the participating businesses, the industries involved and the workforce as a whole by shifting workforce development from a supply-driven to a demand-driven approach to meeting business needs.

“We’re very pleased with the strong turnout of workforce, economic development, education and business partners who met to discuss strengthening the talent pipeline,” said CareerSource Gulf Coast Executive Director Kim Bodine. “We hope the success of this workshop will spark new opportunities for job seekers in our area and continue the momentum for sector partnerships throughout the state.”

Thursday’s workshop in Panama City was the first regional meeting of four that will take place across the state. Additional workshops are planned for:

  • Feb. 22, 2017 – South Florida, Lake Worth
  • March 7, 2017 – Central Florida, Tampa
  • April 18, 2017 – Northeast Florida, Ocala

To learn more about upcoming Sector Strategies Technical Assistance Workshops, contact

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