December 10, 2023

Florida's Advantages: Education and Workforce

United for Success in Florida

Education, workforce and economic development agencies combine forces in Florida to grow a ready supply of talent.

Janet Ware | 9/24/2009
Heartland Workforce

As older workers at utilities and related companies in rural communities get set to retire, upgrading the skills of new hires and incumbent workers is vitally important. Heartland Workforce, which serves employers and employees in DeSoto, Hardee and Highlands counties in Florida’s South Central region, identified energy as a critical industry sector in need of workforce solutions. The result was a $500,000 QRT grant to train 157 people across 15 companies in energy and water occupations, including photovoltaic design and installation, sustainable homes design and water/wastewater operation. “We have a vested interest in making sure that businesses coming into our area stay in our area,” says Roger Hood, president and CEO of Heartland Workforce. “We’re looking for ways to help these businesses remain viable, and workforce development is a key way we can do that.”

Florida’s complete range of state and local workforce services is as close as your computer, available 24/7 and free of charge.

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