Governor Scott Highlights Doubling of Quick Response Training Investment

Today, Governor Rick Scott highlighted the Florida Families First Budget which doubles the annual funding available for the nationally recognized Quick Response Training program to $12 million. The performance-based program provides customized training, through partial reimbursement, for new employees at new or expanding businesses. The increase in funding for Quick Response Training was among Governor Scott’s legislative priorities for continued economic and job growth.

Governor Scott said, “Quick Response Training is working. This program helps match jobs with Florida families – and provides Florida businesses with support to grow their companies and hire more families. By doubling investment in this program to $12 million, we’ll provide more and more opportunities to families to grow more jobs, so Florida families can live the American dream.”

The Quick Response Training Program, administered by Workforce Florida, Inc., is helping Digital Risk add 1,000 new, high-skill, high-wage jobs at its locations throughout Florida, including Boca Raton, Jacksonville, its newest location in Lake Mary and the company headquarters in Maitland. On average, workers receiving training supported by the grant program experience a wage increase of nearly 30 percent due to their enhanced skills and productivity. Newly added positions at Digital Risk include:

  • Underwriter, Processor and Closer
  • Appraiser
  • Loan auditor and quality control specialist
  • Appraisal auditor and quality control
  • Servicing Review specialist

Peter Kassabov, CEO of Digital Risk, said “We applaud Governor Scott for his support of increased funding for the Quick Response Training Program, which has helped Digital Risk hire and train nearly 700 employees at our locations throughout Florida over the past year. We are committed to building careers, which is why we invest more than $10,000 in training for each employee we hire, including the recent college graduates who are accepted into our FASTLANE accelerated training program. Given the investment, the partial reimbursement offered through Quick Response Training is extremely valuable to us as an employer.”

The Governor highlighted the training program at the Boca Raton location of Digital Risk, the nation’s largest provider of mortgage risk, compliance, analytics and transaction management solutions including valuations, to highlight the value of Florida’s Quick Response Training Program in helping employers grow and compete in today’s global economy.

Kelly Smallridge, President and CEO of the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County said, “We are thrilled that Digital Risk, with its impressive growth and commitment to creating quality jobs, has selected Palm Beach County. Their participation in the QRT program demonstrates how QRT helps Florida and Palm Beach County effectively retain and attract businesses creating new high-quality jobs.”

Representative Bill Hagar said, “I was proud to vote in favor of Governor Scott’s Florida Families First Budget and the doubling of funding for Florida’s high-performing Quick Response Training program as an important job-creation tool for our state. Jobs created through this program are high-skill, high-wage positions that can support and sustain our families and help grow Florida’s economy.”

Representative MaryLynn Magar said, “As lawmakers, our budget priorities must invest in proven programs that provide opportunities for every Floridian who wants to work and improve his or her skills. Quick Response Training is the perfect example of how we can invest in our workforce to boost the economy – and I applaud the Governor for spearheading this incredible jobs initiative.”

Dwayne Ingram, Chairman of the Workforce Florida Board of Directors, said, “Governor Scott has been and continues to be a true champion for Workforce Florida’s high-return Quick Response Training program, taking to heart our Board of Directors’ request last fall to expand the program’s reach in crafting his Florida Families First Budget. Digital Risk’s extraordinary success underscores the significance of Quick Response Training and its integral role in the growth of many Florida companies. The expansion of this grant program will directly help more new and expanding Florida businesses like Digital Risk, and in turn the Floridians working for those businesses.”

Chris Hart IV, President/CEO of Workforce Florida, said, “The Quick Response Training Program is consistently upheld by site selection consultants and economic developers throughout the state as an important tool for job growth. Workforce Florida commends Governor Scott and the legislature for doubling funding for Quick Response Training to $12 million so that we may help more employers like Digital Risk build a talent supply in Florida that is second to none.”

Gray Swoope, Florida Secretary of Commerce and President/CEO of Enterprise Florida, said, “Florida’s Quick Response Training Program is critical to recruiting businesses to the state and helping existing industries expand. Governor Scott has shown tremendous leadership by doubling funding for the QRT program. This increase in support will allow Florida to continue developing one of the nation’s top-ranked talent pipelines.”

Jesse Panuccio, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Executive Director, said, “Florida has experienced positive annual job growth for 33 months and programs like the Quick Response Training Program will help continue that trend. Providing Florida businesses with the workforce to help their business grow and providing Floridians with the tools they need to secure and thrive in full-time, high-quality jobs will ensure our economy continues to improve.”


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