Workforce

Workforce Training

Florida has two major workforce training programs that provide financial support to companies located in or locating to Florida. These programs provide grant funding to qualifying companies to develop new workforces for a company or increase the skills level of an existing workforce. Companies have flexibility in the training programs and locations.

Click the tabs below to learn more about available Workforce Training options in Florida.


Quick Response Training (QRT)

This program is administered by Workforce Florida, Inc. and provides grant funding for customized workforce training programs. Training can be conducted at local community colleges, technical training centers, or universities. If a company already has a training program in place, the local training provider can help supervise and manage the program.

This program is open to new and expanding companies in Florida that:

  • Produce an exportable good or service
  • Create new, full-time, high-quality jobs
  • Require customized entry-level skills training of 24 months or less which is not available at the local level
  • Meet ES202 Wage Requirements

Incumbent Worker Training (IWT)

This grant program is administered by Workforce Florida, Inc. and provides grant funding to qualifying for profit businesses in Florida for customized workforce training. Companies can use public, private, or its own training providers.

This program is open to businesses in Florida that:

  • Have been in operation in Florida for at least one year prior to an application date
  • Have at least one full-time employee
  • Demonstrate financial viability
  • Are current on all state tax obligations

Local Workforce Development Programs

Workforce training programs and grants are available at the local level. This includes the Employed Worker Training (EWT) program, which helps by providing funding for skills training for existing employees. Additional training opportunities are available at local colleges and universities.

Unemployment Statistics

CountyLabor ForceEmploymentUnemploymentUnemployment
Rate
Florida 9,449,000 8,752,000 696,000 7.4
Bay 91,075 85,151 5,924 6.8
Calhoun 5,659 5,260 399 7.1
Escambia 143,333 133,186 10,147 7.1
Franklin 5,513 5,210 303 5.5
Gulf 6,077 5,643 434 7.1
Holmes 8,803 8,231 572 6.5
Jackson 22,274 20,926 1,348 6.1
Liberty 3,079 2,873 206 6.7
Okaloosa 104,325 98,972 5,353 5.1
Santa Rosa 76,104 70,916 5,188 6.8
Walton 36,895 35,330 1,565 4.2
Washington 9,651 8,854 797 8.3

Source:  State of Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation based on July 2013 data. Updated quarterly.

2012 Average Unemployment

CountyLabor ForceEmploymentUnemploymentUnemployment
Rate
Florida 9,369,000 8,562,000 807,000 8.6
Bay 90,582 83,098 7,484

8.3

Calhoun 5,758 5,291 467 8.1
Escambia 140,706 128,947 11,759 8.4
Franklin 5,355 4,995 360 6.7
Gulf 6,026 5,516 510 8.5
Holmes 8,793 8,167 626 7.1
Jackson 22,115 20,539 1,576 7.1
Liberty 3,136 2,910 226 7.2
Okaloosa 98,219 92,099 6,120 6.2
Santa Rosa 74,421 68,659 5,762 7.7
Walton 33,207 31,352 1,855 5.6
Washington 9,851 8,929 922 9.4

Source: State of Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation.