Creating Innovative Workforce Solutions: Leadership Training

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People can experience many changes in a career, including a promotion into a leadership role.  Without proper training or preparation, employees are often thrust into management positions feeling lost and unable to meet leadership expectations, resulting in high turnover and organizational instability.  With input from employer partners, CareerEdge has discovered the many challenges new leaders face and developed a training program for “Emerging Leaders.” 

Over the last five years, CareerEdge has offered Leadership Training Program, in partnership with State College of Florida and local trainer Larry Face of Next Level Achievement, for emerging leaders in the healthcare sector.  Organizations with employees in the tuition-free program have immediately seen results.  The “Emerging Leaders” have brought back skills such as conflict resolution, communication and accountability.  One employer explained in a recent feedback survey that, “Being a new leader is not easy, but having the tools to do the job is very helpful.”   80% of the participants reported that they saw positive change in themselves as communicators, coaches, mentors and leaders. And 100% of the class would recommend the program to others.  

After learning about the success of this program, CareerEdge manufacturing partners have now asked for assistance in developing their new leaders and building a stable workforce. Through collaboration with these employers, a new Manufacturing Emerging Leaders Training Program will kick-off in 2018. 

CareerEdge has helped employers to see the correlation between quality of supervision and employee satisfaction, as well as bottom-line impacts.  Research has shown that supervisors that establish high levels of positive interaction and support for their subordinates will increase employee productivity. These opportunities for growth and advancement directly affect an organization’s long-term success. CareerEdge Funders Collaborative continues to work with local employers to solve workforce challenges and drive economic prosperity for the region.

For more information contact Deborah Chapman, 941-328-6985. 


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