The Florida TRADE Consortium is a group of 12 state and community colleges located throughout the state of Florida. Florida TRADE’s Mission is to develop and deliver accelerated training programs that upon completion would allow program participants to:

  • Upgrade current skills and knowledge
  • Learn new skills
  • Gain industry-recognized technical certifications
  • Earn academic credits toward college degrees
  • Procure employment

The Florida TRADE program is designed to deliver accelerated training that can be completed in 3-6 months (depending on the program) and that lead to internships and jobs in manufacturing.

Florida is home to approximately 14,500 manufacturers who employ almost 329,000 people. You can find out more information on careers in manufacturing. View our Careers page.


I needed to change careers and this program provides me with both the credentials and hands on experience to do that.

James Foy
Student - St. Petersburg College's FL Trade Program


The opportunity to learn CNC opens up new opportunities that I didn't think were possible.

Bryan Calhoun
Student - St. Petersburg College's FL Trade Program

Daytona State College

This was a totally positive experience for me with a fantastic outcome. Randy White was truly helpful with my enrollment, and the courses were given by an extremely knowledgeable staff in a timely fashion. My internship was wonderful and now I have a great job with a very bright future.

Diane Bundy
Student - Daytona State College's FL TRADE Program


I never saw myself in college again and I love it. It's exciting and a whole new adventure.

Ann Marie Pantaleo
Student - Pasco-Hernando State College's FL Trade Program

Manufacturing Testimonials

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Luma Stream

This is an extraordinary opportunity for students. They not only learn their specific job but how their job impacts the organization. The college has moved at an astounding pace to make this happen.

Eric Higgs
CEO - LumaStream

Eb Airfoils

The required training time for the three new employees from your (FL TRADE) program was half the time of our typical hire off the street.

Enrique Navarrete
General Manager - EB Airfoils

pharma works

The FL Trade Grant program has really brought industry and education closer and we are now seeing job applicants, who are being prepared for, and motivated to follow a career in manufacturing. I am excited about the direction we are pursuing and it bodes well for a bright future.

Trevor Charlton
Manufacturing Manager - Pharma Works

Rochester Electro-Medical

I have interviewed literally hundreds of applicants over the past few years, and this is the best group I've seen. They are personable, motivated, and ready to get to work.

Mark Berkins
Vice President - Rochester Electro-Medical, Inc.

Teligent EMS

This has been a very successful program for us. We could not be more pleased with the results and we strongly recommend them to any other companies looking to develop, customize, and conduct training.

Chris Edlred
President - Teligent EMS


We were very impressed with the curriculum and the training the intern had. With just a little bit of training the intern was able to fill the role of a machine operator.

John Bankey
Operations Manager - .decimal Inc.


I want to let you know that our recently hired FSCJ student is doing a great job and is showing strong technical and leadership skills. He is now leading our newly created department safety team and 5S team

Marvin Thomas
Optical Tooling Leader, Vistakon Management

S&S Metals and Plastics in white box

I have been a hiring manager for more than 10 years working in 3 different states. By far, the candidates I have interviewed from FSCJ have been more prepared for immediate placement than any others. I consider FSCJ my primary source for any new openings I have.

Rob Moss
General Manager, S&S Metals and Plastics

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Encouraging to have the opportunity to be involved with IRSC in the selection and development of individuals and training programs to meet our projected growth over the coming year.

Cam Becraft
Paradigm Precision

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Previous hires (from the IRSC PPT/EET Programs) have proven so well prepared we have targeted graduates from the programs as a “best fit” to fill our job openings.

Carlos Angulo
Allied New Technologies