Gov. Rick Scott recently launched Hire Florida Grads, an initiative to connect new graduates in the state of Florida to employment opportunities.
Hire Florida Grads is a multifaceted challenge. First, it challenges the regional workforce boards along with public and private educational institutions to collaborate and identify ways to unite graduates and employers.
Second, the governor challenges employers interested in hiring graduates to list their positions with the local workforce boards and work directly with the boards for sourcing qualified candidates. Third, it challenges graduates interested in going to work to post their resumes and complete a full registration in EmployFlorida.com.
Suncoast Workforce has been proactive with this effort by taking steps to provide students who have graduated or are preparing to graduate soon with the tools necessary for successfully landing a job. In collaboration with the Sarasota County School District, we opened a satellite office on the campus of Sarasota County Technical Institute on March 7. Suncoast Workforce is also working with Manatee County Technical Institute for a presence on their campus.
Additionally, Suncoast Workforce is working with career advisers at State College of Florida. We are also connecting to employers interested in hiring new graduates.
Finally, our business services team meets weekly with local educational representatives to discuss the pipeline of graduates and employer hiring needs.
The Hire Florida Grads challenge runs through June 9; however, our effort to assist new graduates with employment will continue on.
Mary Helen Kress, is president and CEO of Suncoast Workforce, a nonprofit corporation providing workforce services in Manatee and Sarasota counties,