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27, 2013

Vanessa Santana-Peñate
vsp@miamidade.gov
305-375-1545

South Florida Workforce Investment Board announces Ready To Work – Employment Program


(MIAMI, June 27, 2013) South Florida Workforce Investment Board (SFWIB) today announced the opening of registration for its Ready to Work –Employment Program, created to provide young adults from low-income families with the opportunity to enhance their work-readiness skills while also earning income. In its second year of implementation,   the program is aligned with the efforts of Actively Investing in Miami-Dade (“the AIM Initiative”), which was unveiled by Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez on May 31, 2013 at the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 Goals Conference at Jungle Island in Miami. In announcing the new initiative, the Mayor called upon local businesses to join him in a community-wide effort to expand job and internship opportunities for local young adults.

The program will provide 500 participants with entry-level positions within governmental agencies, local businesses, and community-based non-profit organizations. Program selection will be done by lottery for candidates who have met all program requirements.

“Ensuring that our young adults in Miami-Dade County have the opportunity to connect with our local workforce in a meaningful way is a priority for me and it’s central to the AIM Initiative,” said Mayor Gimenez. “I commend South Florida Workforce for their efforts to give young adults from low-income families that important introduction to the workplace and the skills and income that come with it.” 

“Offering meaningful employment opportunities and income to our young adults is critical to supporting families in our communities.  The AIM Initiative will provide young adults the opportunities to take on new responsibilities, gain on-the-job experience, and develop essential social skills to help them achieve success in the future workforce,” said Rick Beasley, Executive Director for South Florida Workforce Investment Board.

For more information or to register for the program, please visit: www.southfloridaworkforce.com.

About the AIM Initiative
Actively Investing in Miami-Dade – the AIM Initiative – is focused on developing, recruiting, and retaining the future workforce needed to make Miami-Dade a top global community. The AIM Initiative is a comprehensive strategy that coordinates Miami-Dade County’s efforts in the areas of talent development and retention. For more information, please visit www.miamidade.gov/aim

About South Florida Workforce Investment Board
The South Florida Workforce Investment Board delivery system provides high quality, customized employment and training solutions to workers and employers in support of economic development in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.