The chamber unveiled the recommendations during the 2018 Learners to Earners Workforce Summit, which took place June 12-13 and gathered community leaders, industry experts, elected and local officials, business leaders, and education professionals to discuss the workforce needs of the future.
“I want to double down on the issue of how important talent is,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, during Day 1 of the summit. “Talent is the single most important thing that will determine Florida’s future.”
The talent supply and education recommendations are based on three years’ worth of research and feedback from more than 10,000 Floridians as part of Florida 2030, which seeks to identify the challenges and opportunities Florida has between now and the year 2030.
“Florida is changing and growing, and there are many challenges and opportunities that these changes will present,” said Tony Carvajal, Executive Vice President of Florida Chamber Foundation, in a press release. “To ensure global competitiveness, prosperity, and vibrant and sustainable communities for all Floridians, we must plan together and develop strategies.”
The chamber shared strategies to boost Florida’s performance in fostering a skilled and prepared workforce, market-relevant postsecondary education and training, high-quality K12 education, and access to high-quality early learning.
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You can also view a more in-depth version of the Florida Chamber’s talent supply and education recommendations.
According to the Chamber, 64% of Florida jobs will require some form of postsecondary education or training by 2021. The chamber also released several data points related to postsecondary attainment by ethnicity in the state: only 28.8% of black working-age residents (age 25-64) and 34.2% of Hispanic working age residents have completed an associate’s degree or higher, compared to 44.2% of white working age residents.
Visit the chamber’s Florida 2030 website for an explanation of the recommendations and to download and share the Drivers for Florida’s Future report. You can also view a replay of the 2018 Learners to Earners Workforce Summit livestream.