On July 22, FCDI is hosting the Manufacturers Summer Institute at AMRoC Fab Lab, a day long professional development experience for Tampa Bay area manufacturers. Our speakers and presenters hail from diverse backgrounds and represent extensive fields of expertise. In our continuing close up look at speakers, our next featured presenter is Steven Roberto, of The Business Center for Diversity and Inclusion. Mr. Roberto will be providing a training session on Diversity and Inclusion Hiring , to help participating manufacturers learn more about the potential contributions of job seekers with disabilities and the no-fee services available to help employers connect with this under-the-radar talent pool.

Steven Roberto is a Project Manager with BCDI and has presented employer disability awareness training  to Business Owners, Hiring Managers and Human Resources Professionals throughout the Tampa Bay area. During the past three years, he has also consulted with hundreds of companies in various industries on how to increase their choice of qualified applicants plus utilizing no fee resources for employers.

With respect to the challenges faced by employers today, Mr. Roberto said, “Due to very low unemployment in the Tampa Bay area, many companies in a variety of industries are having increasing difficulty finding qualified job seekers for their part-time and full-time positions. The Florida Department of Education Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is a free resource for employers to assist them connect with Job Seekers with Unique Abilities (Disabilities).

“The Business Center for Diversity and Inclusion (BCDI) is a pilot project in Tampa Bay to inform small-large businesses about FL VR being a no fee recruiting resource for employers that also provides no fee disability awareness trainings for Business Owners, Hiring Managers and H/R Professionals.

“Our BCDI “Introduction to Employees with Unique Abilities (Disabilities)” presentation addresses misconceptions about the large talent pool of job seekers with disabilities plus the no fee resources and support to help companies connect with this qualified, motivated workforce.

You can see the full day’s agenda here,  and register to attend the Manufacturers Summer Institute at AMRoC Fab Lab at the link below.  The event includes lunch, sponsored by Adams , with ample opportunities for discussion and networking.

The Tampa Bay Advanced Manufacturing & Robotics Center Fab Lab (AMRoC) is a program of the non-profit Foundation for Community Driven Innovation. A public Fab Lab, the mission of AMRoC is to empower people with resources for creative self-expression and bridge the manufacturing and industry talent gap through robust project-based engineering education and training.