Educated Choices for
Florida’s Future
Staying Focused on 21st Century Talent
and Smart Workforce Investments
Steve Urquhar...
Florida in transition … “perfect storm”
Top Workforce Trends (2009)
    Welcome to the “new normal” …
    1.   Trimming perks and benefits
    2.   Upgrading tale...
Trends: Skills and Classroom
Today’s Workforce Challenge
Helping Floridians find and retain employment
      during the current economic downturn
 with...
Tomorrow’s Workforce Challenge
                               8 Out of 10 New Jobs
                               will req...
Rising to the Challenge
                   Our Goals:

 • Maximize state and local partnerships to
   enable success in Fl...
3
    Power of e
       economic
       development


                     3
employment

      education
Defining Workforce Development
• The people side of economic development
• Helping workers and the businesses that employ
...
Conventional wisdom
Debunking “conventional wisdom”
“Reality check” …
Public workforce “interventions”
New rules of engagement …
BIG opportunity!
Wrong question …
Right question!
The Bottom Line:
• Florida’s economic future depends on the
  strength of its workforce
• Economy and talent requirements ...
Florida’s Talent Generation System
                                             Univ./
                               Care...
$787 Billion needs a logo!
Workforce Tools
         • Federal Training Funds
         • Quick Response Training
         • Incumbent Worker Training
...
Workforce Tools
         Federal Training Funds
         • $1,250,000,000 - dislocated worker
         employment and trai...
Workforce Tools
         Federal Training Funds
         • $750,000,000 - competitive grants for
         worker training ...
Workforce Tools
        ARRA Funding for Florida’s
        Workforce
        • Florida’s workforce system will receive
   ...
Workforce Tools
        ARRA Funding Opportunity
        •ARRA provides for competitive grants for
        worker training...
Workforce Tools
        Quick Response Training (QRT)
       • Established in 1993
       • Provides grant funds for custo...
Workforce Tools
       Incumbent Worker Training (IWT)
       • Established 1999
       • Provides expense reimbursement
 ...
Workforce Tools
        Targeted Occupations List
        • Provides Florida Department of
          Education training co...
Workforce Tools
       Labor Market Statistics
       Timely and reliable labor statistics improve economic decision-
    ...
Workforce Tools
        Employ Florida Marketplace
        • Provides one point of entry to Florida’s
          workforce ...
Workforce Tools
        Access to Federal Workforce
        Training Funds
        • Workforce Investment Act
          (W...
Workforce Tools
•   Targeted Occupations List    • Quick Response Training
•   Labor Market Data            • Incumbent Wo...
Building Competitiveness
through Effective Partnerships
 •   Align workforce and education to state priorities
 •   Build ...
Next steps to connect:
         What you can do
•   Connect, convene and dialogue with all
    partners
•   Instill urgenc...
Building Florida’s Future
    Investing in developing Florida’s talent is
         more important now than ever
Consider:
...
Workforce Florida, Inc.
1580 Waldo Palmer Lane
Tallahassee, FL 32308
(850) 921-1119
Rules of (talent) attraction?
#1. Scarcity of attractive, meaningful
employment (e.g., high value, high wage
jobs)


#2. A...
FLORIDA’S LEADERS
ROI
                                          Customer
                  Financial


                   ...
Mercer model: Gap analysis
Workforce Florida presentation to FAPSC
Workforce Florida presentation to FAPSC
Workforce Florida presentation to FAPSC
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  1. 1. Educated Choices for Florida’s Future Staying Focused on 21st Century Talent and Smart Workforce Investments Steve Urquhart Vice President, Workforce Performance Workforce Florida, Inc. May 14, 2009
  2. 2. Florida in transition … “perfect storm”
  3. 3. Top Workforce Trends (2009) Welcome to the “new normal” … 1. Trimming perks and benefits 2. Upgrading talent rosters 3. Postponing retirement 4. Transferring skills 5. Relocating 6. Going back to the classroom Source: CareerBuilder Q2/2009 U.S. Hiring Forecast
  4. 4. Trends: Skills and Classroom
  5. 5. Today’s Workforce Challenge Helping Floridians find and retain employment during the current economic downturn with an eye toward securing the state’s future as the economy rebounds
  6. 6. Tomorrow’s Workforce Challenge 8 Out of 10 New Jobs will require some post-secondary education and training …but Fewer Than Half of high school freshmen continue education beyond high school Complete Associate’s Enter Complete High Continue to or Bachelor’s Degree High School in 4 College in 6 Years School Years Immediately
  7. 7. Rising to the Challenge Our Goals: • Maximize state and local partnerships to enable success in Florida’s communities • Maximize public and private investment in workforce development • Diversify Florida’s economy and talent base • Develop world-class talent, 21st Century skills!
  8. 8. 3 Power of e economic development 3 employment education
  9. 9. Defining Workforce Development • The people side of economic development • Helping workers and the businesses that employ them stay competitive • Enhancing skills through lifelong learning • Returning adversely affected workers to employment as soon as possible • Linking training and education to local/regional/state economic development priorities • Enabling individuals to earn wages that are self- sufficient to take care of themselves and their families
  10. 10. Conventional wisdom
  11. 11. Debunking “conventional wisdom”
  12. 12. “Reality check” …
  13. 13. Public workforce “interventions”
  14. 14. New rules of engagement …
  15. 15. BIG opportunity!
  16. 16. Wrong question …
  17. 17. Right question!
  18. 18. The Bottom Line: • Florida’s economic future depends on the strength of its workforce • Economy and talent requirements are changing rapidly • Skilled talent is in high demand
  19. 19. Florida’s Talent Generation System Univ./ Career K-12 Higher Colleges Ed Florida Florida TECHNOLOGY (VIRTUAL) leadership businesses • Governor • Current • Legislature • Prospective • WFI • Entrepreneurs PHYSICAL FOOTPRINT • EFI • … • Board of Governors • Fla Chamber INVENTORY •… Banner Non- CAPE Ctrs trad.
  20. 20. $787 Billion needs a logo!
  21. 21. Workforce Tools • Federal Training Funds • Quick Response Training • Incumbent Worker Training • Targeted Occupations List • Labor Market Data • Employ Florida Marketplace
  22. 22. Workforce Tools Federal Training Funds • $1,250,000,000 - dislocated worker employment and training activities; • $1,200,000,000 - youth activities, including summer employment for youth; • $400,000,000 - Wagner-Peyser activities; • $250,000,000 specificically to support reemployment services for unemployment insurance claimants; • $500,000,000 - adult employment and training activities
  23. 23. Workforce Tools Federal Training Funds • $750,000,000 - competitive grants for worker training and placement in high growth and emerging industry sectors, •$200,000,000 - dislocated worker assistance national reserve; •$50,000,000 - YouthBuild activities
  24. 24. Workforce Tools ARRA Funding for Florida’s Workforce • Florida’s workforce system will receive $165 million in federal stimulus funds over three years. • Formula distribution for grants: •$19.6M adult job training; •$43.3M summer youth programs; •$81.4M dislocated worker program; •$20.6M for job placement assistance. • Majority of funds are distributed to Regional Workforce Boards - local impact.
  25. 25. Workforce Tools ARRA Funding Opportunity •ARRA provides for competitive grants for worker training and placement in high growth and emerging industry sectors $750 million • $500 million is targeted for careers in energy efficiency and renewable energy as defined in the Green Jobs Act • $250 million for projects in high growth/ emerging sectors with priority for projects that prepare workers for careers in the health care sector and projects that are tied to Recovery Act investments (e.g., infrastructure)
  26. 26. Workforce Tools Quick Response Training (QRT) • Established in 1993 • Provides grant funds for customized entry- level skills training for: • New and existing/expanding Florida businesses • Creating new high-quality jobs in qualified target industries • Customized training not available at local level
  27. 27. Workforce Tools Incumbent Worker Training (IWT) • Established 1999 • Provides expense reimbursement grants to businesses for the purpose of providing skills upgrade training to currently employed full- time workers • “For profit” companies • Full-time existing employees • Company responsible for 50% of direct training costs
  28. 28. Workforce Tools Targeted Occupations List • Provides Florida Department of Education training codes and corresponding community college degrees • High-skill/high-wage positions according to state wage definitions • Can assist educational institutions in guiding students toward career paths/jobs in Florida that pay good wages • Helps keep talent in Florida
  29. 29. Workforce Tools Labor Market Statistics Timely and reliable labor statistics improve economic decision- making and include data such as: • Employment & Wages: current employment, projections & wages by industry and occupation, occupational profiles & career information • Labor Force: Labor force, employment, unemployment & unemployment rates • Economic Indicators: Florida Price Level Index, Consumer Price Index, income and unemployment claims data • Population: age, race, gender, income, veteran’s status & education information
  30. 30. Workforce Tools Employ Florida Marketplace • Provides one point of entry to Florida’s workforce system for job seekers, employers, students, training providers and others looking for workforce services and resources anywhere in the state • Links all workforce services – state and local – to each other • Also offers services by telephone – (866) FLA-2345
  31. 31. Workforce Tools Access to Federal Workforce Training Funds • Workforce Investment Act (WIA) • Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
  32. 32. Workforce Tools • Targeted Occupations List • Quick Response Training • Labor Market Data • Incumbent Worker Training • Employ Florida Marketplace • Lifelong Learning Opportunities • Federal Training Funds All available at www.employflorida.com
  33. 33. Building Competitiveness through Effective Partnerships • Align workforce and education to state priorities • Build stronger educational pipeline • Expand opportunities for continuous learning • Enhance workers’ career management abilities • Strengthen work supports for retention and advancement Source: The Next Generation of Workforce Development Policy: Connecting Workforce & Economic Development National Governors’ Association
  34. 34. Next steps to connect: What you can do • Connect, convene and dialogue with all partners • Instill urgency and focus • Get involved! • Be a part of your region’s workforce solutions “What can we do better together than apart?”
  35. 35. Building Florida’s Future Investing in developing Florida’s talent is more important now than ever Consider: • Florida is on track to become the nation’s third-largest state • More than 70 percent of the current labor force will still be in the state’s workforce in 2020, underscoring the need for lifelong learning and skills development Florida’s Workforce System is: Coping with the economic slowdown by: Keeping business needs on the radar Training workers for jobs in growing industry sectors Developing innovative new solutions through our partnerships Preparing for the future by: Bolstering talent pipeline development Focusing on sectors that diversify the state economy Supporting job creation
  36. 36. Workforce Florida, Inc. 1580 Waldo Palmer Lane Tallahassee, FL 32308 (850) 921-1119
  37. 37. Rules of (talent) attraction? #1. Scarcity of attractive, meaningful employment (e.g., high value, high wage jobs) #2. Attractiveness of place - creative class factors not available in Florida, e.g. culture, intellectual and artistic outlets, etc. #3. Perceptions of long-term outlook for Florida's financial health (e.g., failing to make appropriate investments in talent, innovation, technology, etc)
  38. 38. FLORIDA’S LEADERS ROI Customer Financial Targeted Strategic Investments Plan OUTCOMES/EFFECT Balanced Diversified PARTNERSHIPS Scorecard Talent Base Innovation Learning/Growth
  39. 39. Mercer model: Gap analysis

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