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Sarasota News Leader January 24, 2014 Page 51 His answer, Bowden explained, is that with this model, "Employers take the lead and a variety of organizations line up behind them to make things happen." counties. Among the results, Kempton said, was a response from 100 people indicating that 41 percent of the jobs that had gone unfilled for three or more months were classified as "skilled production" — positions for County commissioners also took the opportunity to note that the current vice chairwoman production machinists, operators, craft workof their board — Christine Robinson — called ers, distributors and technicians. for timelines to be set to ensure community Moreover, a pool of 105 responses indicated leaders took action in response to the 2012 that 75 percent of the companies surveyed manufacturers' survey. had between one and 10 positions open. During an Aug. 29, 2012, joint meeting of the School Board and the County Commission, Stephanie Kempton, a professional researcher with her own firm, Kempton Research and Planning, presented findings from the survey of manufacturers in Sarasota and Manatee Fifty-six of 103 respondents said they needed to hire skilled production workers, "which is a huge percentage," Kempton pointed out. Eavey commissioned the survey on behalf of CareerEdge after discussions with Bowden, Students participate in training in the precision machinists program at SCTI. Image courtesy School Board

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