What is Pasco doing to address workforce development and 'the skills gap'?
AmSkills Visited Seniors at Gulf High School in Pasco County today to conduct hands-on projects and show them manufacturing career opportunities. Out of 32 students and 2 teachers, only 2 from the group has ever visited a manufacturer. We must creatively get the word out that there are great career opportunities in the Manufacturing Industry and an apprenticeship is a way to accomplish this with no college debt. (12/3/2018)
Tom Mudano gave an AmSkills presentation to the Pasco County Board of Commissioners with testimonials! See it here: AmSkills Presents on Facebook Live! - 8/21/2018
AmSkills "Shop Class on Steroids," WFLA's Marco Villarreal reports:
Good Day Tampa Bay (Fox 13):
In 2013, the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council performed a Manufacturing Gap Analysis and identified a prominent need for people with the knowledge to fill skilled machinists, engineers, and semi-skilled manufacturing vacancies.
As a solution, the AmSkills (ICTC) intergovernmental agency was created. Now we have a local technical workforce to meet the demands of existing Tampa Bay manufacturers, and to help attract advanced manufacturing companies to the Tampa Bay area.
AmSkills was modeled after a German & European dual education/apprenticeship model. This type of training experience blends academics with practical, hands-on education. This model has been utilized in Europe, Germany, and other international and United States locations to successfully create a highly skilled workforce, fill manufacturing job vacancies, attract new employers, and strengthen local economies.
The students completing their education with AmSkills are ready to 'work on the floor' with our local employers. Find out more about staffing your business through a partnership with AmSkills.
Good News Update (November 30, 2018)
Just some of the numbers to date (see attached worksheet):
- 58 persons are eligible for the program (67 requests to participate in the program)
- 23 persons are currently receiving skills training
- Four (4) persons are employed full time, two (2) are currently participating in On-the-Job Training program.
Who is eligible?
This program is designed to help a demographic that is not currently being served by existing programs.
Eligible Workforce Re-entry program participants will be:
- Non-Workforce and Innovation Opportunities Act (WIOA) eligible individuals
- Pasco County Residents
- 18 years of age
- Unemployed or underemployed
- Homeless or halfway house individuals
- Psychological or substance abuse history
The Big Picture
It is anticipated that, at minimum, fifty (50) residents will participate in this program and the employment goal is 75%of the participants permanently placed for employment.
As part of this agreement, CareerSource will provide the Pasco County and the Office of Economic Growth with progress reports for up to one year after participate completion of the program:
- Participant enrollment
- Services participants received
- Credentials/skills participants completed
- On-the-Job-Training hours
- Employment status of the participant
- Average # of hours worked
- Anticipated annual income
- Participating Employers