FloridaMakes Network & the Able Trust Develop Strategic Partnership

By Doug Wise posted 10-27-2021 00:00

Able Trust LogoThe Able Trust and FloridaMakes Network have formalized a strategic partnership to cross-promote and leverage each organization’s programs and services.

This partnership is designed to raise awareness of workers with disabilities among Florida manufacturers while promoting the FloridaMakes Network among The Able Trust’s network of organizations committed to making Florida inclusive.

In recent surveys on hiring persons with disabilities, 87 percent of respondents identified disability inclusion as important to their hiring practices, yet an employment gap continues to exist.

The Able Trust President & CEO Allison Chase stated “When the employment rate of persons with disabilities is half that of persons without disabilities, it’s crucial that we work with employers and industries across Florida to raise awareness of these talented workers and increase their participation in our workforce. The agreement with FloridaMakes will ensure Florida’s manufacturing sector is aware of an innovative and hardworking population of workers with disabilities who are ready and able to fill positions within their companies.”

Florida is home to more than 22,000 manufacturing companies and accounts for 4.95 percent of Florida’s Gross State Product. Establishing and maintaining a strong workforce is key to growing this important industry and continuing to diversify Florida’s economy.

“The manufacturing industry offers incredible opportunities and career pathways for Floridians of all abilities,” stated Zoraida Velasco, FloridaMakes Executive Vice President. “Our partnership with The Able Trust presents an opportunity to tap into a valuable talent pool that will help Florida manufacturers meet workforce needs that are vital to their growth and success.”

An announcement was made about the Memorandum of Understanding between The Able Trust and FloridaMakes, Inc. during the FloridaMakes Make More Summit in Orlando.

Click here to read the Memorandum of Understanding.