The Southwest Florida Workforce Development Board, Inc., d.b.a. CareerSource Southwest Florida, serves the workforce development initiatives in the five-county region of Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, and Lee.
Workforce development boards are tasked with administering state and federal funding designated for employment and training services for individuals and new or expanding businesses. Workforce board members represent a balance among private sector businesses (51%), organized labor, and public institutions, including government, education, and community services.
CareerSource Southwest Florida (CSSWF) delivers a variety of employment and training programs through a network of full-service centers in Port Charlotte, Immokalee, Naples, Clewiston, and Fort Myers with satellite offices in Cape Coral and LaBelle.
- CSSWF is a work-first initiative, which means getting someone a job is the first and main priority. Sometimes all that is necessary is a job lead, an updated résumé, or access to computers to search for jobs.
- On occasion, occupational skills training is necessary to obtain employment, but all the programs have the specific goal of getting people back to work.
- At the centers, individuals can take advantage of employability skills workshops designed to assist them in returning to, or competitively remaining in, the workforce.