Only one worker had been trained as a Document Management Specialist as of March 1, 2013, according to Denise Beasley, Communications Director of Brevard Workforce. The Brevard Workforce Board of Directors approved the funding in November 2012.
“The request for training funds is employer driven when they identify a need to train new employees,” Beasley said. When asked whether BlueWare has requested more assistance, she replied, “Again, these requests are employer driven.”
Beasley added that these contracts are primarily for workers who have little experience in the job for which they are applying.“Employer based training applications are submitted when a job candidate has limited or no work experience in the occupation. Each request is reviewed, and if approved, individual on-the-job training contracts are executed. The employer agrees to hire the candidate, provide the training and retain the individual as an employee at the conclusion of the agreement if the trainee has met all the common and documented employment standards.”
According to the US Department of Labor, the job description for the Document Management Specialist position is “implement and administer enterprise-wide document management systems and related procedures that allow organizations to capture, store, retrieve, share, and destroy electronic records and documents.”Beasley said that the training disciplines for the one worker “comprised multiple technical skills and job duties required by employer to be proficient in the DMS role as determined by BlueWare.”
According to documents filed with the Florida Department of State, BlueWare, Inc. dissolved their Florida Certificate of Domestication and Articles of Incorporation on December 21, 2012. Beasley said that this does not alter any Brevard Workforce agreements with BlueWare “at this time.”Representatives from BlueWare, Inc. did not respond to a media request regarding this story.
When Gov. Scott announced last May that BlueWare, Inc. would re-locate to Brevard County, it was predicted that 190 jobs would be created. In November 2012, Matt DuPree of BlueWare said that 25 people had been hired.BlueWare, Inc. has a $6.1 million contract with the Clerk’s office to digitize court records. BlueWare received all of its funding up front in October 2012 through a deal between former clerk Mitch Needelman and Hewlett Packard Financial Services. Current clerk Scott Ellis has consistently called the contract a “sham.”
Ellis recently noted to Brevard Times, “We’re definitely not paying the note with HP. We may be entering litigation with BlueWare.”