Answering Florida Employers' Demands
Florida employers again and again point to the lack of essential employability skills as a primary barrier to job and economic growth.
More than 80 percent of Florida business leaders, across industry sectors, surveyed by the Florida Chamber of Commerce “emphasized the importance of employability skills. These skills which include communication, critical thinking and problem solving are universally valuable work competencies that are essential to adapting to shifting demands within and between careers.”
Leading the way in responding to employer demand, Florida has invested in the Florida Ready to Work program. Florida Ready to Work provides employability and soft skills training in partnership with school district, workforce system, state college, technical center, adult education, juvenile justice, correction, employer and other community-based partners statewide. Those who successfully complete the program earn the Florida Ready to Work Credential and/or the Florida Soft Skills Credential. Both credentials are signed by Governor Ron DeSantis and recognized as a common measure of foundational skill readiness for most jobs across industry sectors.
Funded by the State of Florida, there is no cost to the CareerSource Florida network, schools, technical centers, adult education, state colleges, employers, or other workforce training partners statewide.
92% of Florida employers plan to hire, yet 81% say lack of key employability skills is a threat to their business