Collaborating with businesses and post-secondary educators is crucial in meeting business demands, creating opportunities for career-seekers and achieving the Board priorities for the year. Throughout the first quarter, CSCF continued in its quest to analyze the business environment and engage the talent pool.
More than 870 businesses – 78% repeatedly used our services– were served and more than 16,000 people received CSCF services in quarter one. And, as result of the more strategic and laser-focused approach guided by the Board for this year, nearly 1,200 individuals are now enrolled in training in one of the six sectors.
CSCF’s goal is to place 2,000 career seekers in high-growth industries at an average wage of $15 per hour or more by the end of the 2018-19 program year. To support this, training investments are now more strategically prioritized to drive outcomes for the six high-growth industries. CSCF is making great progress and first quarter results are above the overall monthly goal in training and placement for healthcare, advanced manufacturing, IT & finance, and trade/logistics/utilities.
The challenges, however, continue to be the demands in the hospitality and construction sectors. These challenges align with projections from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics which state that by 2025, hospitality and construction jobs are projected to grow by 15% and 18% respectively in Central Florida. Rapid growth creates opportunities for not only for CSCF but the community overall in finding qualified workers to meet the increasing demands.
In hospitality, culinary jobs are most in need – a topic discussed at the most recent Board meeting. CSCF is partnering with Lake Technical College, Orange County Technical College, Second Harvest Community Training Academy, Osceola Technical College and Valencia College to train individuals and create direct paths to culinary employment, although there is more work to do at CSCF in the months ahead.
For the construction industry, CSCF also collaborates with local colleges to deliver curriculum and training programs, for jobs such as Service Maintenance Technician and general construction roles among others. In these construction training programs individuals obtain credentials, provided complimentary by CSCF. Students gain first-hand experience that leads them to entry-level positions which also have the potential for career advancement. However, results both in training and placement in construction jobs are below monthly goals.
At the next Board meeting in December, CSCF will take a deeper dive into the issues that are facing the construction industry today such as shortage of qualified talent, generational differences, technology adoption, career opportunities and more.