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Meet SHRA's Workforce Readiness Chair:

Kathy Bouchard, SPHR
Human Resources Director
CareerSource Florida

Kathy joined SHRA in 2008.  At that time, she was new to Florida and “in transition” and joined SHRA to network and enroll in the certification program.  Kathy has been volunteering on the board since 2010. She served as Programs Director in 2010, Secretary from 2011-2012, Workforce Readiness Chair in 2013. 

If you would like to be part of our committee, request information or partner with our Workforce Readiness Committee, please email

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) defines Workforce Readiness as having new workplace entrants prepared to enter the workforce with the requisite knowledge, skills, abilities and attributes in order to engage in endeavors that will be required in their respective occupations. Partnerships and alliances between educational institutions, governmental entities and employers can assist in ensuring that these new workforce entrants are sufficiently prepared to meet the challenges and opportunities they will face in the workplace.

 Need Help Filling Professional Positions?

CareerSource Suncoast and the Suncoast Professional Network can Help!

The Suncoast Professional Network attracts the most talented job seekers in Sarasota and Manatee counties and they are inviting local HR professionals an opportunity to meet and network with these professionals on an ongoing basis at meetings they host at the CareerSource Suncoast Bradenton and Sarasota Career Centers. Click HERE for more information on how you can get involved and HERE for the most current SPN flyer.


Suncoast Workforce Announces New Name: CareerSource Suncoast

The Suncoast Workforce Board, which trains and finds jobs for the unemployed and provides career counseling and other services is now branded as CareerSource Suncoast. The change was prompted by a statewide rebranding of Florida's workforce assistance system. Suncoast Workforce officials say that name is designed to improve customer awareness for job seekers and employers alike. "This endeavor is an important step to unify the regional workforce boards so any business, job seeker or worker will know where to turn for workforce-related services," said Dale Vollrath, chairman of the CareerSource Suncoast board of directors.  For more information about the changes and benefits available to your organization, visit the SHRA workforce readiness page.


CareerSource Suncoast is the local chapter of Florida’s workforce system, working with customers in Sarasota and Manatee counties. The Business Services Team offers talent management solutions to businesses for meeting their human resource needs, saving time and money.


Hear what local employers have to say about CareerSource Suncoast Services!

Business Services Video

CareerSource Suncoast offers both recruiting and training services to employers.


Recruiting Services

There is an online resource available where you can post your employment opportunities, search for qualified candidates, research local labor market statistics and job trends, and its FREE! provides access to thousands of qualified candidates.

CareerSource Suncoast can pre-screen applicants that match you requirements, saving you time and allowing you to interview the best possible candidates.

Hiring events customized by industry (healthcare, manufacturing, retail) OR customized to your business. These events can be held in one of our Career Centers or at your office.

Testing and assessments to screen candidates based on your requirements.

All of these recruiting services are free to employers!


Training Services

Invest in your employees! Build morale, retain talent and encourage growth.

Employed Worker Training (EWT) helps businesses remain competitive by improving skills of their employees. Companies identify key skills training and the eligible staff who need skills upgrade. Training can be customized and conducted with a vendor of the company’s choice. CareerSource Suncoast can contribute up to 50% of the cost of training.

CareerSource Suncoast has funds available to assist local employers with training initiatives!

The purpose of the Employed Worker Training (EWT) program is to provide training funds to offset up to 50% of the cost of training current employees. CareerSource Suncoast allocates EWT funding each program year for short term, customized training projects that have the intent of upgrading employees’ skills, retaining jobs and advancing current employees’ wages. CareerSource Suncoast is currently accepting applications for EWT funding for the 2013-2014 program year. For details about the program, go to and click on the public notice tab, EWT-Public-Notice-13-14.

On-the Job Training (OJT) encourages businesses to hire candidates who may not have all the necessary skills and knowledge to perform the job. CareerSource Suncoast reimbursed the employer up to 50% of the employees’ wages during training for a specified period. CareerSource Suncoast will assist in the recruitment process, job description and candidate screening.


For information on any of the services available through CareerSource Suncoast, contact

Anthony Gagliano, Assistant Business Services Director,

941-358-4080 ext.3112


If you would like to request information or partner with our Workforce Readiness Committee, please email




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