Florida TRADE

What is the Florida TRADE grant?

The Florida TRADE Consortium is a group of 12 state and community colleges located throughout the state of Florida. In September of 2012, the Consortium was awarded a $15 million dollar Department of Labor TAACCCT grant to develop and deliver accelerated technical training programs that would lead to entry level jobs in manufacturing.

The program targets displaced workers who have lost their jobs due to foreign trade, unemployed workers, incumbent workers looking to upgrade their current skills or learn new skills, students and returning veterans who are looking to transition back into the workforce.

The Florida TRADE program is designed to deliver accelerated training that can be completed in 3-6 months (depending on the program) and that lead to internships and jobs in manufacturing.

As participants complete various components of the program, they will be provided with the skills and opportunities to achieve nationally recognized industry certifications that will also transfer into free college credits toward an Associate of Science degree.

Need new qualified and certified employees?

Employers can view Florida TRADE students available for internships and those available for job placement.

How you can help

    • Hire an intern
    • Host a job fair
    • Provide a tour of your facility for students
    • Offer advice on education
    • Join our committee
    • Offer to be a speaker
    • Be on our Advisory Council

      If you can help in any way, contact Becky.
      (727)536-5809 / (727)754-3385

      Will you support Florida TRADE?

      As of March 31, 2015, 2723 students have enrolled in Florida TRADE programs across the state; 1453 students have completed a Program of Study; 1342 have earned at least one credential; and 203 students have earned multiple credentials.

      With your support, 431 students have been placed in internship and job opportunities. We could not accomplish any of the above numbers without the strong support of our Career Source Boards, the Manufacturing Association of Florida Center for Excellence, and you, our manufacturing partners.

      Though these numbers are impressive, they are not enough. We need to do more. Last month we launched our ”Drive to 1000” campaign to place 1000 Florida TRADE students into jobs by 4/1/16. Several of you have gone online and have committed to hiring at least one of our students by 4/1/16. For those who made that commitment, we thank you for your support and we are truly appreciative that you responded to our call.

      For those who are still considering this decision, we ask you to take four minutes to watch our new video, “Florida TRADE: The Smart Choice”. In this video, you will hear from your fellow manufacturers about their experiences hiring FL TRADE students. You may watch our video by clicking on this link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L13WvYq8G68.

      After viewing, please support us by clicking on the following link to make your commitment to hire at least one Florida TRADE student. http://web.spcollege.edu/survey/18135.

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