SWFL Equitable Jobs Pipeline Update: February 2024

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February 2024

The SWFL Equitable Jobs Pipeline team continues to work daily to upskill the regional workforce and stimulate economic development, which will continue to build and expand a strong economic future for Florida.

Data Update: 2023 Quarter 4

The Equitable Jobs Pipeline project, launched in December 2021 with funding from Bank of America, is making significant strides in the SWLF region. Its primary goal is to empower adults by providing them with resources for skill development, upskilling, or reskilling, ultimately facilitating their access to quality employment opportunities within the region. Moreover, the project is dedicated to gathering valuable data on the workforce’s needs to ensure their success.

In September 2022, FGCU and Collaboratory secured a substantial $23 million grant aimed at expediting the project’s efforts, particularly focusing on PK-12 Education, Healthcare, Logistics, and Manufacturing sectors. The infusion of these funds is expected to drive impactful outcomes and further advance the project’s mission.

Quarterly, the Regional Economic Research Institute of FGCU analyzes the data pertaining to the direct participants collaborating with our partners at the FutureMakers Coalition.

Employer Led RFP

The Southwest Florida Equitable Jobs Pipeline is actively seeking employer partners in Southwest Florida who are enthusiastic about sustaining workforce development initiatives in four key sectors for both new and existing employees: PK-12 Education, Manufacturing, Logistics, and Healthcare through participation in the Equitable Jobs Pipeline. Ideally, proposals will include a well-defined strategy for the employer to gradually assume the cost of training, with the goal of achieving sustainability by December 2025.

Total amount to be awarded: $3,800,000.00

Proposals will be accepted between January 15, 2024 through October 31st 2024, with awards going out in April, July and December. Read More

Funded Programs

Click on the flyer to open the full list of training opportunities powered by the Equitable Jobs Pipeline project.

Should you require guidance in connecting with any of these programs, don’t hesitate to reach out to a FutureMakers Navigator to connect you by clicking here: FutureMakers Coalition Navigators

*List of programs will be updated as additional training programs finalize funding.

Sectoral partner convenings will be held during the monthly system alignment team meetings. Sector specific teams will include employers, education partners and non-profit organizations with the intent to address the workforce and education needs in our region. The links to sign up are below and/or can be found on our website: www.FutureMakersCoalition.com/Events.

Get Connected!

Our Navigators want to connect with you! The FutureMakers Coalition Navigators are ready to work with adults wanting to get a credential to upskill or start their career. These free services allows Navigators to walk along side you to help you be successful! Check out the map below to see who we are working with in the region.


Upcoming Events

February 20th-Workforce with Unique Abilities Team

This is the FutureMakers Project Team brings together partners to bring awareness to employers about the benefits of hiring working aged adults with unique abilities.

February 21st Roundtable for Economic Development Offices and
Chamber of Commerce
FutureMakers Coalition’s partners, Collaboratory and FGCU, will provide updates about the SWFL Equitable Jobs Pipeline.

February 26th-Persistence & Completion Team

This is the team focused on helping all students persist through their training programs, completing and connecting to quality jobs.

February 28th-Resilience and Diversification Action Team

This is the team that is focused on ensuring our workforce and economy are resilient by cultivating a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem.

February 29th-Manufacturing and Logistics Alignment Team

This team brings together employer partners, postsecondary institutions, and non-profit organizations to work on manufacturing and logistics workforce.