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New Guidelines are availalbe CLICK HERE for Guidelines and to Apply Online.


Nestled in the central part of the state, Florida’s Heartland workforce has characteristics generally identified with large metropolitan areas - an abundant talent pool of quality and reliable individuals as well as attractive wage rates creating a “pipeline” any business would find enviable.

Four regional workforce agencies service the area, each able to assist employers in locating the necessary employment talents required.  In addition, specialized grants and/or incentives may be available to train and retrain qualified workers to enable a business to remain competitive in today’s global market.


Local Grants & Incentives

Work Experience Internship Program 

A work experience “intern” is an excellent way to increase your capacity while boosting your bottom line.  Hosting a work experience participant gives you extra help at minimal cost and the program is an excellent method for finding and securing talent for your organization.

On the Job Training Grants

Helping employers offset the costs associated with new hires by reimbursement of a significant percentage of the employee’s salary while they are being trained in the workplace is another method that can be utilized to improve employee skill sets.

Employed Worker Training Grants

If you are thinking about upgrading the skills of your employees to make your organization more competitive, workforce resources may be available to reimburse up to half of the costs associated with the training when it leads to a nationally recognized credential.


State And Federal Grants And Incentives

Work Opportunity Tax Credit

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a federal income tax credit that provides incentives to private for-profit employers to encourage hiring of individuals from certain targeted groups of jobseekers who traditionally have difficulty finding employment.

Quick Response Training Grants

Quick Response Training (QRT) grants, administered by the lead state workforce agency Workforce Florida, Inc., provides funding for customized training to new or expanding businesses.

Incumbent Worker Training

Expense-reimbursement grants for cutomized skills upgrade training are available for existing for-profit Florida businesses. Targeted industries with 25 or fewer employees in distressed urban and rural areas of Florida are given priority. This program is powered by CareerSource Floida. CareerSource Heartland serves as a liaison and helps facilitate your application for these grants.

Click here to view IWT Program Guidelines


Careersource Heartland (Region 19)



Okeechobee One-Stop Career Center

Okeechobee One-Stop Career Center
209 SW Park St
Okeechobee, Florida 34972
(863) 610-6000 


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