CareerSource Polk is a dedicated workforce development agency serving the Central Florida area. Their mission is to ensure a sustainable and quality workforce now and in the future. Offering assistance to both job creators and job seekers, they connect employers with qualified, skilled talent and help job seekers uncover employment and career development opportunities. To learn more about CareerSource Polk’s full suite of programs, please visit their website.
Workforce Training Grants
Competitive Edge Training Awards (CETA)
The CETA program offers financial assistance to employers who recognize the importance of investing in their employees. Upgrade your employees’ skill sets with a CETA grant, which can cover up to 90% of your direct training costs.
Train new employees in the skills required to effectively perform their jobs. Eligible businesses will receive 50%-90% financial reimbursement.
Quick Response Training Program (QRT)
Does your company produces an exportable product or service? You could qualify for a QRT grant. QRT grants help businesses in target industries gain access to specialized training not available in the local community.
Incumbent Worker Training Program (IWT)
The IWT program is another great resource offering expense reimbursement for customized skills upgrade training.
Whether you’re looking to recruit locally or on a national level, Careersource Polk can help you find the right candidate for a variety of positions. Our recruitment services include:
Posting positions for local and national recruitment
Testing and assessment services including Florida Ready to Work
Job fairs and special in-house recruiting events
On-site recruiting events at your place of business
Fee-based recruitment services using the CareerSource Polk Mobile Unit
CareerSource Polk Mobile Unit
The CareerSource Polk Mobile Unit is available for businesses seeking a flexible, rolling computer lab for recruitment fairs, testing and assessments, off-site training and employee benefits registration.
The staff works directly with the area’s veteran population, providing assistance in their job search, resumes and any obstacles they encounter.
Best Places to Work Awards
By sponsoring the Best Places to Work Awards, CareerSource Polk recognizes local businesses who have excelled in establishing quality workplaces.
Labor Market Information
CareerSource Polk Business Service provides a portfolio of labor market information to help position your business in relation to other employers. Available statistics and information include local, state and national data, current unemployment rates, prevailing wage rates by occupation, career and economic trend data, census data and labor supply requests.
Employer Roundtable Seminars
Each month, experts provide pertinent information about human resources and business management at CareerSource Polk Business Services Employer Roundtable Seminars. Speakers also discuss trends, and offer insights on improving your workforce.
Re-employement and Emergency Assistance Coordination Team (REACT)
If your business is forced to downsize, relocate or close, CareerSource Polk’s Re-employment and Emergency Assistance Coordination Team offers tips for planning an effective separation meeting, training for laid off employees, unemployment information, community resources, outplacement and career transition services and job fairs to accelerate re-employment.
CareerSource Polk Statistics
2014-2015 Annual Report
486,062 CareerSource Polk services were provided to job seekers
87,993 were impacted by CareerSource Polk services
CareerSource Polk held 145 in-house recruitment events
3,826 employers were served by CareerSource Polk