Join the "Industry Certifications Preferred" Team!
When prospective employees arrive at your doorstep with an industry certification on their resume that is relevant to your business, it will undoubtedly save you time and money when you hire that individual. You can help drive students to earn industry certifications by putting “industry certifications preferred” on your employment applications and packages. Then go one step further and list the industry certifications you are looking for.
MAF and the MAF Center are working with state agencies and the TRADE college consortium to coordinate the universe of industry certifications for manufacturers in Florida. Attached is a flyer that lists the industry certifications being offered at Florida colleges (and some high schools and tech schools) now. We encourage you to pull the ones off the list that matter to you and put them on your employment applications!
We don’t have to have the “chicken or the egg debate” if we just start putting “industry certifications preferred” now on our employment materials! The preference will drive prospective employees to earn those certifications. Click here for more details.
Dream It! Do It!
Florida's Dream It! Do It! program focuses on introducing high school student to manufacturing careers. This is being done around the state through the adoption of high schools by Florida manufacturers. If you would like to adopt a high school, contact the Dream It! Do It! Project Manager for Florida, Amanda Bowen at ABowen@MAFMFG.com.
Looking for Qualified Manufacturing Entry Level Workers?
Manufacturers in Florida are looking for qualified, experienced workers…but cannot find them because candidates for jobs do not have the required skills. So now we have a solution!
Hiring Florida's Heroes
MAF encourages Florida manufacturers to hire our veterans. Our top six reasons why you should hire a veteran:
It's easy. Go to the Employ Florida Vets web portal www.employflorida.com/portals/veteran or call 1-800-438-4128 to access online services and information on Florida's nearly 100 One-Stop Career Centers. The Employ Florida Vets web portal provides 24/7 access to post job listings, search resumes and find information about employment tax incentives. Through the Employ Florida toll-free number, employers can connect with a local workforce specialist for recruitment and hiring assistance.
MSSC Certified Production Technician Certification
Many manufacturers through the US and – specifically – right here in central-Florida today are seeking skilled workers who are ready to start work with the knowledge and skills necessary to bring results right away. Some manufacturers have realized that there is an easy way to determine if their potential employees have what it takes: Simply screening for applicants who have earned their Manufacturing Skill Standards Council’s (MSSC) Certified Production Technician (CPT) certification.
Comprehensive Industry Certification List
Click below to download the current industry certification list used by agencies to plan high school curriculum to prepare students for industry careers.
Targeted Occupations List
CareerSource Florida utilizes data from the State’s Workforce Estimating Conference to define specific occupations needed for the workforce system and then publishes a Targeted Occupations List (TOL). Each CareerSource Region customizes this list based on local workforce needs to develop Regional TOL’s. Once developed and approved, these TOL’s govern the funding and provision of training programs being offered to individuals needing training assistance within the workforce system in compliance with federal and state law. It is essential that manufacturers make sure that occupations related to manufacturing are on their regional TOL’s. MAF is always recruiting manufacturers to help review these lists and make sure they are relevant to today's jobs. If you would like to volunteer, contact ABowen@MAFMFG.com