RND Automation is extremely grateful for FloridaMakes. Although we all know the value of training, it’s always difficult to justify the significant cost in both dollars and time that additional training requires. FloridaMakes has been instrumental in assisting RND in justifying those costs, by introducing us to available state grants and highly skilled trainers.
We’ve increased our training budget overall, but more importantly, the value of the training we’re receiving relative to our spend is well over our spend. For every dollar we spend, this year, we’re receiving four dollars of training (due in part to the grants and negotiated discounts). I can’t recommend FloridaMakes enough. We were already competitive in our market but elevating our entire staff in this way is building us into a powerhouse.
RND turned to the Sarasota Manatee Manufacturing Association (SAMA), part of the FloridaMakes Network and the MEP National Network™, for assistance. FloridaMakes Business Advisors conducted both a lean diagnostics assessment and a business continuity assessment with the management team. These assessments helped helped the team to identify needs and focus the training.
A FloridaMakes business advisor worked with RND Automation senior management to help develop a 12-month training program, source training providers, and manage many of the training programs. FloridaMakes business advisors also helped RND obtain a training grant that reimbursed the company for 75% of the training costs.