Operation Next Florida is Free to Florida residents ages 18 and older.

Operation Next Florida is Free to Florida residents ages 18 and older.

Strengthening Florida's workforce with high-performing advanced manufacturing specialists.

Our Mission

About Operation Next Florida

Operation Next Florida is a partnership between the Florida Department of State and LIFT, a public-private partnership between government, industry and academia.

The program offers Florida residents FREE training in advanced manufacturing skills. It puts trainees on strong career paths with opportunities to land high-paying, in-demand jobs throughout the state.

Training available statewide

Operation Next Florida offers job skills training at community colleges and vocational schools throughout the state. Each location offers instruction in different, highly sought-after skills. Explore the courses available near you and contact the local team for additional details.

Trainees have finished their programs in as little as three months, going on to land good-paying advanced manufacturing jobs.

Operation Next Florida is sponsored by LIFT, a public-private partnership between government, industry and academia. LIFT is operated by the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute.

“Operation Next Florida is creating an impact by preparing Floridians with the skills and competencies most needed by manufacturers. These jobs can help put people on a career path of advancement and growth.”

Nigel Francis, LIFT CEO

Partners

Innovative training partners
with nationally recognized credentials

Operation Next Florida’s training curriculum has been developed with qualified partners who know advanced manufacturing, including:

The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS)

NIMS provides world-class, industry-validated, competency-based skill standards, credentials and training frameworks for the most in-demand manufacturing jobs.

The American Welding Society (AWS)

AWS is a nonprofit organization with a global mission to advance the science, technology and application of welding, allied joining and cutting processes, including brazing, soldering and thermal spraying. AWS is the source for qualification and certification of welding personnel.

Amatrol Inc.

Amatrol Inc. provides best-in-class innovative and interactive online learning to help trainees master technical systems, solve problems and adapt to a rapidly changing workplace.

Help train Florida's workforce of the future.

Operation Next Florida partners with colleges, vocational schools, manufacturers and government agencies nationwide to expand the pool of skilled workers. Their resources, expertise and geographical diversity help the program offer an ever-increasing curriculum of instruction on the latest and newest in-demand skills.

Interested in joining forces?
Please fill out the form and reach out to us at (313) 574-2589.

If you’re a Florida state resident aged 18 or older and looking to move to a high-paying career, enroll in Operation Next Florida. There is no cost to in-state residents.

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