FloridaMakes Workforce Partner Resources

Workforce Development Resources

FloridaMakes works with area manufacturers to leverage sources and types of training and resources to build the workforce you need. We foster collaboration to maximize training opportunities and minimize costs.

In addition, FloridaMakes works with the national network, NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership, to build the workforce development eco-system for manufacturing. This includes working to further career ladders, competitive wages and benefits, training opportunities, as well as mentorships, internships and apprenticeships.

Workforce Partners

Connect with your FloridaMakes business advisor who assists manufacturers through workforce needs and can help you access resources and help you identify and navigate training grant applications.


Veterans Florida is a non-profit created by the State of Florida to help military veterans transition to civilian life and to promote Florida’s status as the nation’s most veteran-friendly state. Veterans Florida provides powerful tools for veterans to take advantage of the benefits of living and working in the Sunshine State.

Through our Career Services Program, we connect veterans with employers who are eager to hire veterans for jobs that put their particular military skills to use. We also assist veterans in creating a winning resume and preparing for job interviews. Employers receive veteran recruiting assistance and may apply for our Workforce Training Grant.

The Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program provides all the knowledge needed to successfully launch and operate a business. As soon as their business is up and running, we keep them connected with mentors and resources.

Veterans Florida’s mission can be summed up in our theme – Your Pursuit. Our Power. – because we recognize military veterans are incredibly focused and will succeed in achieving their personal and professional goals when they take advantage of our tools and resources.

Contact your local business advisor for more information.


CareerSource Florida is the statewide workforce policy and investment board. Our partners include the Department of Economic Opportunity, 24 local workforce development boards and 100 career centers throughout Florida. Together, we help connect businesses with the talented workforce and training needed to succeed and grow by providing statewide workforce assistance and community-based grants or training

Contact your local business advisor for more information who can help you find funding resources.


Apprentice Florida is a partnership between the Florida Department of Education, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and CareerSource Florida. We encourage and assist businesses in establishing apprenticeships, and we educate individuals about pursuing careers through apprenticeships. Registered Apprentice program information: apprenticeflorida.com

Contact your local business advisor for more information who can help you find funding resources.

Training Partners

As the industry moves toward Smart and Advanced Manufacturing, the need for training and mastery has never been greater. Working with manufacturers, educators, workforce development agencies, and more, ToolingU-SME empowers organizations to unleash productivity, efficiency, and possibility. Tooling U-SME is the workforce development division of SME, a non-profit professional association dedicated to advancing manufacturing. They are are industry leaders and advocates, working with thousands of companies, including more than half of all Fortune 500® manufacturers and over 1,000 educational institutions across the country.

Learn more here.

National Manufacturing Organizations


Advocacy Group

The National Association of Manufacturers is an advocacy group headquartered in Washington, D.C., United States, with additional offices across the country. It is the nation's largest manufacturing industrial trade association, representing 14,000 member companies—from small businesses to global leaders—in every industrial sector, we are the nation’s most effective resource and most influential advocate for these values and for manufacturers across the country.


The Women in Manufacturing Association (WiM) works to empower women workers and strengthen the manufacturing sector. As a 501(c)(6) non-profit trade association, WiM is dedicated to supporting, promoting, and inspiring women who have chosen careers in the manufacturing industry.


The Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC), a 501(c)3 non-profit, is an industry-led, training, assessment and certification system focused on the core skills and knowledge needed by the nations front-line production and material handling workers. The nationwide MSSC System, based upon industry-defined and federally-endorsed standards, offers both entry-level and incumbent workers the opportunity to demonstrate that they have acquired the skills increasingly needed in the technology-intensive jobs of the 21st century.