Workforce Training & Recruitment

Recruiting additional talent to Orlando is never a hard sell. A quality of life second to none, a competitive cost of living, and a wide range of educational opportunities are just some of the assets that make Orlando an attractive destination for creative minds.

CareerSource Florida: CareerSource Florida is a business-led statewide workforce investment board that provides policy oversight and designs strategies to address critical statewide workforce needs. The board consists of business, education and government leaders appointed largely by the Governor. Two members each are appointed by the Florida Senate and the Florida House of Representatives. CareerSource Central Florida, one of 24 regional workforce boards, represents region 12 that includes Orlando.

Quick Response Training: This state administered program provides grant funding for customized training for new or expanding businesses. The program has been structured to be flexible and to respond quickly to meet individual business training objectives. A local training provider – community college, area technical center, or university – is selected to manage the customized program grant and to provide assistance in the application process. Training can be done in-house with company instructors. Grants are based on the number of individuals being trained.

Incumbent Worker Training: This state administered program provides grant funding for customized training for existing businesses. The program is customer driven, structured to be flexible to meet the business's training objectives, and is a proven employee retention tool. With a focus on upgrading existing employee skills, the business may choose public, private, or its own in-house, training provider.

CareerSource Central Florida: CareerSource Central Florida (CSCF) is our region's workforce expert, an authority for workforce planning, programs, and the labor market. CSCF connects employers to the largest pool of talent in the area, provides worker resources and training, and prepares our community's residents for careers that meet local businesses' demands for today and into the future.

On-the-Job Training: This CareerSource Central Florida program allows companies to choose from a talented pool of candidates using tools and assistance provided by CareerSource Central Florida. On-the-Job Training provides the opportunity to train new hires in their actual work environment, while a portion of the new employee’s wages may be reimbursed to the employer during the training period.

Employed Worker Training (EWT) Awards: This CareerSource Central Florida administered program, provides funding to assist employers in providing customized training to employees for new technologies or production processes designed to enhance the businesses competitiveness.  Training can be specialized and should consist of formal training as well as some on-the-job training. Employer will be reimbursed for 50% of the trainees wage rate, for up to six-months.  Each company is eligible for up to $50,000 per year per company, $100,000 for those organizations in the CareerSource Central Florida targeted industry. Employees must currently make less than $58,000 per year.  Additional restrictions apply.

One-Stop Centers: Employ Florida links all of Florida’s workforce services – state and local – to each other. The state partners are CareerSource Florida, the state policy and oversight board, and the Agency for Workforce Innovation, the state agency which administers workforce funds. At the local level there are twenty-four regional workforce boards that administer close to 100 "one-stop centers". Together these organizations represent the Employ Florida network of workforce services and resources.