Workforce Development

The 2020 goal is to help South St. Pete workers increase their earnings. 2020 objectives are to recruit 100 employers willing to target more jobs to community workers, and to support services to help 1,500 unemployed and under-employed people connect to new or higher paying jobs.

Partners’ Impact since 2014
27 employers recruited to target more jobs
735 people coached, trained and supported to increase earnings
372 people who’ve increased their earnings

Impact St. Pete Growing: The Impact St. Pete project (renamed in 2016) received seed funding from Bon Secours in 2015 to begin recruiting employers willing to target more job and contract opportunities to community workers and businesses. The vision gained pace in 2016 and 2017, as 2020 Executive Director Cory Adler and Impact Chairperson Loretta Calvin convened and met with 40 employers to ask for their support. As of September 1st, they’ve enlisted 30+ employers in projects to connect more opportunities in the community.

Community Employment Collective: While Impact St. Pete revs up the
involvement of employers, this new Employment Collective is organizing projects that train and connect more people to new and higher-paying jobs. The Collective has two funding proposals pending to reach its goals for 2018. In 2017, the group is organizing a series of mega & mini job fairs to match more South St. Petersburg workers to available jobs. Recent and pending activities include:

Bus Driver Job Fair [May 9 2017]: Promoting full- time jobs with benefits for the school district; 2020 is covering the cost of background checks for low- income applicants

The Working 1000 Youth Employment Expo [Jun 22 2017]: Welcomes
100 youth for a full-day of soft- skills training for traditional employment and self-employment, coupled with a career fair with on-site hiring. A second expo will take place in the Fall

2020 Working at 50+ Senior Career Expo [Aug 15, 2017]: Targeting
100 applicants for part & full-time jobs to supplement their income; 2020 is pitching in to help seniors cover the costs of starting new jobs (e.g., gas money, training fees)

The CRA Partner Career Fair [Oct 16, 2017]: Two dozen partners will work together to target 700 job seekers for face-to-face meetings and interviews with 20+ local employers, led by PERC and the City

Commerce Park Workforce Dev. Project [Starting soon, 1 year project]: 2020 is providing funding to cover the life needs/costs of people training for new jobs at Commerce Park through a partnership by PERC, Mt Zion Human Services and Pinellas Technical College, with funding from the City of St. Petersburg and CareerEdge Funders Collaborative.

Workforce Development Council and Collaborative: has been created to link and strengthen the outcomes of multiple organizations and initiatives focusing on training and job development.

People Helped to Grow Earnings: 2020 partner programs have coached, trained and supported 735 community residents in their attempts to increase their earnings, since 2014. At least 372 people have so far succeeded in growing the amount they earn.