JOB TRAINING PARTNERSHIP ACT PROGRAM
The Southwest Florida Private Industry Council, Inc. believes that each individual has a right to
reach his/her full economic potential. Limited job skills, and a lack of funds to attain the needed
skills often prevent the individual from attaining economic independence. The Southwest Private
Industry Council will provide access to the training and support services needed to qualified
individuals with little or no economic burden to these individuals.
BACKGROUND AND HISTORY
In 1982 the Federal government passed the Job Training Partnership Act (P.L. 97-300) the
purpose of which was to assist states in establishing local job training programs. Each governor
was to establish service district areas (SDA's) throughout the state and establish local
organizations to administer these training programs responding to local need as outlined by
performance standards as established by both the federal government and the state of Florida
In 1984 the Southwest Florida Private Industry Council, Inc. was formed as a 501 (c)(3)
organization specifically to act as Administrator and Grant Recipient for the Job Training
Partnership Act program for the counties of Glades, Hendry, Charlotte and Collier.
The Board of Directors for the local Private Industry Council consists of a majority of business
leaders and key management representatives, with representatives from education, Jobs and
Benefits of Florida, Vocational Rehab, organized labor, various community based organizations
and the Florida Department of Health and Human Rehabilitative Services.
The role of the Southwest Florida Private Industry Council, Inc. is to establish local employment
training programs, to determine the type of training necessary according to local needs, to
implement strategies and programs to meet those needs.
The Council has established partnerships and strong links with a wide and varied group of
agencies, organizations and businesses within the community . The level of community
involvement in our programs is strong. Whether they are providing referrals, training, resources,
assistance or advice, people within our district value our services very highly.
The combined population of the four counties we serve is more than 323,000 according to 1993
figures. The overall unemployment rate for this area during 1993-94 was 8.3% giving us an
unemployment population of more than 26,900.
The Job Training Partnership Act programs administered by the Southwest Florida Private
Industry Council, Inc. provides services to more than 750 individuals annually within its service
delivery area. We provide services for those individuals who are economically disadvantaged
and are one or more of the following:
- Deficient in Basic Skills (reading, writing etc.)
- School Dropout
- Receiving Welfare or food stamps
- Criminal Offender
- Homeless or A Runaway
- Disabled or handicapped
Participants are referred to this agency by the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services
(HRS), local school boards, Jobs and Benefits of Florida and a wide base of community social
service agencies. Additionally, many of our clients respond to regularly placed advertisements in
the local newspapers. It is part of our role to improve the economic standards and the well being
of our clients and communities.
Clients are qualified (according to federal guidelines), tested, assessed, given employability
skills training and counselled. From this an individual service strategy is developed that provides
a blueprint to help the individual to enter a relevant training program to obtain and retain the
appropriate job, thus providing an opportunity to fully participate within our community.
In 1994 we helped more than 750 individuals find meaningful full time career employment
and obtain economic independence.
Depending on the assessment our clients are offered one or more of the following choices:
- Basic skills training in math and reading to enable them to reach a minimum standard for future training. In this instance they may require courses in English as a Second Language, or GED classes.
- Work experience in order to build work site exposure and/or experiences to increase their employment opportunities.
- Vocational or occupational skills training. They are placed in local public vocational schools, community colleges or other training facilities.
- On-the-job-training as arranged between our agency and a local business.
- Employability skills training where they are taught how to look for, find and keep a job.
- This is a requirement for all those clients who go through the testing program
By providing opportunities for employment and meaningful careers we are helping our clients
overcome the adversity that they and their families face within their lives and eliminating their
dependence on welfare. As a result, taking the family members of our clients into account, the
services we offer provide either a direct or an indirect benefit to more than 2,000 disadvantaged
people annually. We have been able to do this by linking the variety of resources that exist
within the fabric of our own community.
Many of our students are eligible to receive a variety of support services. These include:
The majority of our clients cannot afford these services and without them they would not be
able to attend classes and the programs become almost pointless.
- child support (i.e. daycare etc.)
- school fees, books, uniforms and tools necessary to complete the program
- transportation to and from classes if necessary
- medical and or dental examinations that may be required by prospective employers.
- lodging when required
By supporting the Southwest Florida Private Industry Council you are helping these clients to help themselves. This has direct benefits for the community:
- less crime
- more qualified job applicants
- less reliability on welfare
- stronger economic tax base
- better quality of living
- positive economic impact on the community
If you feel that you require the services we offer or can offer support through your business or industry, please call one of our offices below:
Collier County Office,
46 Tenth Street South,
Naples, Florida, 33940,
Charlotte County Office
312 Nesbit Street,
Punta Gorda, Florida, 33950,
Hendry-Glades Counties Office,
931 Sugarland Highway,
P.O. Box 596,
Clewiston, Florida, 33440,
The Southwest Florida Private Industry Council is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
For further information call : Joe Paterno (813) 261-0553 or e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
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