Florida Talent Development Council


Created in CS/HB 7071: Workforce Education, the Florida Talent Development Council will work to develop a coordinated, data-driven, statewide approach to meeting Florida’s needs for a 21st century workforce that employers and educators use as part of Florida’s talent supply system.

The Florida Talent Development Council, administered by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, is tasked with creating a strategic plan to ensure 60 percent of working-age Floridians hold a high-value postsecondary credential by 2030. The strategic plan will be delivered by December 31, 2019 and will include how the Council will:

  • Identify Florida's fastest-growing industry sectors and the postsecondary credentials required for employment in those industries;
  • Assess whether postsecondary degrees, certificates, and other credentials awarded by Florida's postsecondary institutions align with high-demand employment needs and job placement rates;
  • Identify strategies to deepen and expand cross-sector collaboration to align higher education programs with targeted industry needs;
  • Establish targeted strategies to increase certifications and degrees for all populations with attention to closing equity gaps for underserved populations and incumbent workers requiring an upgrade of skill;
  • Assess the role of apprenticeship programs in meeting targeted workforce needs and identify any barriers to program expansion;
  • Identify common metrics and benchmarks to demonstrate progress toward the 60 percent goal and how the SAIL to 60 Initiative under s. 1004.013 can provide coordinated cross-sector support for the strategic plan;
  • Recommend improvements to the consistency of workforce education data collected and reported by Florida College System institutions and school districts, including the establishment of common elements and definitions for any data that is used for state and federal funding and program accountability; and
  • Establish a timeline for regularly updating the strategic plan and the established goals.

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