AmSkills, a not-for-profit organization that provides training and apprenticeships, recently opened a new workforce training center and has been garnering accolades for its efforts to cultivate a skilled workforce.
AmSkills received the 2023 Special Recognition Award from the Pasco Economic Development Council during its annual awards banquet on Sept. 7, and was recently honored through a resolution adopted by the Pasco County Commission on Sept. 19.
The Pasco EDC award recognizes “a company that has gone above and beyond their typical mission to solve an issue, create an opportunity to provide extraordinary support in the Pasco County community,” according to a Pasco EDC posting.
The Pasco County Commission’s resolution celebrated the recent opening of the 14,000-square-foot Amskills Workforce Training Center, in Holiday, and applauded the organization’s progress through the years.
The resolution notes that “AmSkills is a Florida not-for-profit organization, established as an economic development initiative to help manufacturers recruit, plan, and sustain a skilled workforce with a mission of transforming lives and strengthening communities through workforce training and apprenticeships for youth, adults, veterans, the uniquely abled, and economically disadvantaged.”
The resolution notes that the training facility addresses workforce recruitment and skills training needs for manufacturing, public works, utilities, and other industries in the Tampa Bay area.
“It provides training opportunities for persons with little to no skills or experience, employers, and also to those with experience who are ready to advance their skills in the areas of maintenance, machinery, mechatronics, robotics, supply chain logistics, and industry 4.0,” the resolution says.
Besides training residents from Pasco County, the new workforce center is expected to attract people from all over the country for Amatrol Technical Training and Universal Robotics equipment training, the resolution adds.
It also will be home to the Pasco County Economic Development Council’s SMARTstart Incubator, offering local Pasco County entrepreneurs the support they need to successfully start their new businesses, the resolution says.
The new facility was celebrated with National Manufacturing Day, with AmSkills and the Upper Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce hosting the 10th Annual Manufacturing Day Dinner on Oct. 4, at the center.
Published October 11, 2023