The Sumter County Partnership for Workforce Innovation and Education (SWP) addresses workforce training needs and economic development in Sumter County. Using a modernized workforce-training model the SWP offers skill-based trainings to satisfy the local businesses of Sumter County.
This innovative partnership brings together public and private sectors in support of critical workforce development to link businesses, organizations and residents to resources, training and educational opportunities that are vital to meeting the workforce needs of the county.
The employment needs the SWP aims to fill were inspired by the growth of The Villages, a predominantly retired population that depends on Sumter and the surrounding counties for its workforce. As a result, the SWP was developed to offer employable Sumter residents access to post-secondary training to acquire the skills needed for work in these high demand areas. The trainings and programs offered by the Sumter Workforce Partnership are innovative and responsive, and are guaranteed to produce results in a short time period.
Trainings and programs offered through the Sumter Workforce Partnership include:
- Golf and Landscape Maintenance
- Lean Manufacturing Training
- Nursing and Health
- Engineering * and Relay Tech
- Training for New and Expanded Industries
*Pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges*
The Sumter Workforce Partnership was established in 2013 and is comprised of: Lake Sumter State College, CareerSource Central Florida, Central Florida Health Alliance – The Villages Regional Hospital, The Board of County Commissioners of Sumter County, Florida High Tech Corridor, Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, The University of South Florida, The District School Board of Sumter County, The University of Central Florida, The Villages Charter School District, Combat Veterans to Careers, INC. and The Florida Health Dept. in Sumter County.