Talent. It’s the most valuable resource any community, company, economic developer or site selector can have. And with unemployment rates at historic lows and growing concerns about a widening skills gap, the need to develop a talent pipeline is on the top of everyone’s mind.
At the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, we’re working with education, nonprofit and business leaders to equip our workforce with the necessary skills to meet the needs of our current and future employers.
That’s why we partnered with Collier County Public Schools to secure a more than $3 million workforce training grant from the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund. Local manufacturers have long lamented their need for additional workers, and this grant will allow Immokalee Technical College (iTech) to expand its machining program at a centralized location and create a manufacturing apprentice program. We expect the facility to be operational in March of 2019.