Academic Leaders Council
One of the biggest steps local leaders have taken to show commitment to workforce readiness is a collective effort by seven of the area’s major higher educational institutions to retain homegrown talent through paid internships in high-growth industries. The Talent Development Network matches students with internships in fields such as aviation, banking, creative design, trade and logistics, hospitality, technology and healthcare. The internships give employers the opportunity to mold their future employees and can last from a month to a year.
Along with hands-on experience and learned skills, Miami’s up and coming labor force is also working closely with employers to match career seekers with business needs through a public-private partnership known as CareerSource South Florida. The workforce assistance centers provide services and resources to job seekers and employers at no cost. CareerSource South Florida also provides funds for specific workforce development and training such as the TechHire Training Initiative, which trains minority youths to become entry-level professionals in high demand IT careers.
With multiple programs in place, Miami-Dade is on a clear path toward ensuring its labor pool is workforce-ready and providing employers with a skilled base of workers.
Degrees Awarded for Select Universities in Miami-Dade County (2015-2016)
|University of Miami||0||2,601||1,265||799||114|
|Florida International University||68||9,076||3,104||484||42|
|Florida Memorial University||0||316||33||0||0|
|Miami Dade College||10,366||1,209||0||0||1,776|
|Johnson and Wales University||233||359||0||0||0|
|St. Thomas University||0||249||334||219||50|
Source: National Center for Education Services, 2017
Growing Labor Force in Miami-Dade County
Local Area Unemployment Statistics, 2016