Florida’s CareerSource Comes to the Lab

Workforce development boards are coming to the Agile Strategy Lab for solutions. The latest is CareerSource, the  regional workforce board based in Tallahassee, Florida. Here’s why they are coming.

In developing a new approach to complex collaboration, the Agile Strategy Lab team cut its teeth difficult challenges of workforce development. The education and workforce development “system” in this country is not so much a system as a fragmented collection of higher education institutions, programs and government agencies. Over 50 years, federal and state governments have implemented a wide array of programs all designed to help youth and adults find meaningful employment.

There’s only one problem. None of these programs were designed to work together.

As a result, they tend to be highly inefficient. The cost is not born so much by the government sponsor as by the individuals left to wander among these complex programs. People who need education, training and guidance find it very difficult.

The country is facing a growing skills gap. It is clear that no new money will solve the problem. Instead, we need to accelerate the collaboration among people working at the local and regional levels. We have developed some solutions.