Are you unemployed or low-income? Have you been laid off or been notified there will be a lay-off? If so, you might be eligible for a grant that can really help you get trained, certified and placed in your new job. There is no cost to you. Let’s see if you qualify!
With the amount of computer networks doubling every five years, the job demand for IT workers continues to heat up for this high paid career. If you qualify you can use the WIOA grant to get the certifications the employers we work with are looking for|: CompTIA, Microsoft, Cisco, Oracle, VMware and more
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of Security Analysts is projected to grow by 37 percent between 2012 and 2022, which is much better than average. Cyberseek.org’s supply and demand heat map shows over 700,000 job openings across the United States. Some markets are hotter than others. The Tampa/Clearwater/St. Petersburg job market pays well, because it has over 10,000 job openings and the number of certified workers is very low. The cyber-crime epidemic is expected to triple the number of job openings over the next five years. Employers desperately need workers who are certified in Security+, CISSP, Certified Security Analyst (CySA), Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) and Cisco CCNA Security
If you have prior management experience, one of the strongest job opportunities is in project management. In the Tampa/St. Petersburg job market the need is especially strong for project managers and pays quite well. The Project Management Professional (PMP) is the most sought after credential for this field. Forbes magazine ranked this certification second for 2019. Other certifications in this field include ITIL, PMI-Agile and Scrum Master
Every year, more businesses are realizing the benefits Business Analysts provide. Because of this, the Business Analyst job market is expected to grow at a rate of 19% over the next 10 years! With that amount of growth, companies are already competing for every Business Analyst they can get and pay good salaries. One of the most dramatic changes to this career is the need for business intelligence skills, like Excel, SQL, Power BI and Tableau. Organizations now depend on data analysis technologies like Big Data analysis for company growth. With the right certifications, business analysts will get the business intelligence techniques they need to move up in their careers.
Responsible administrative assistants perform several administrative jobs and clerical tasks. Duties include providing support to managers and employees, helping in daily business needs and being responsible for the company’s general administrative requirements. The more qualified administrative assistants can make a surprisingly good salary if they have the necessary requirements. Certifications like Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) and QuickBooks can really help to move up in this profession.
It is called the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). it is a jobs program. It provides free training grants to assist workers get trained, certified and placed in high demand careers such as IT, cyber-security, business analysis, project management and more. The idea is that there are fields in which there are not enough certified workers and there are declining careers in which there are too many people. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) tries to fix this problem by providing free funding for career training in high demand fields to those who are eligible for this grant. This training is designed to make your skills marketable so you can get hired and return to the workforce. This is a grant, not a loan. If you qualify, everything is covered, even the exam. The amounts vary by county but can be as high as $10,000 depending where you live.
This is a jobs program so you must select something where there is a high likelihood of employment. Each county has a regionally targeted occupations list (RTOL) to choose from. They want to make sure you select a career that is in high demand. For each authorized career, there will be authorized training programs to choose from.
The 3 most common categories are: Dislocated Worker, Adult Low Income and Youth (18 -25). If you have been laid off (or your position was eliminated or you were let go because of a reduction in force) from your last job, terminated, received a layoff notice or are a military spouse you might be eligible as a Dislocated worker. If you are on Food Stamps or government assistance, or have low income based on last 6 month’s earnings and number of people in your family, then you could be eligible under Adult Low Income. For youths age 18-24, you might be eligible if you are not going to school. You must also be determined to be “suitable.” This is not an entitlement. The process is complicated so it is best to consult with us first to see if you qualify.
You need to select a program that can be completed in a short period of time that will raise your marketability enough to help get you hired. We look at the best ways to leverage your work history to add a certification that will make you attractive to employers and easier to get hired. Some occupations are perfect for this: cyber-security, information technology, project management, business analyst, human resources, executive secretaries and administrative assistants etc.
There is no cost to you if you are eligible. Nothing to pay or any out of pocket expenses. This is a grant, not a loan. Even the exam(s) are paid for. So what is the catch? We will be working with a very bureacratic government agency. The steps are confusing. A number of schools are reluctant to work with WIOA if they can avoid doing so. I highly recommend you consult with an expert.
Yes! The whole intent of this grant is to help you get a job. We have partnered with a staffing firm that has dedicated a person to work at our location exclusively with our clients. She helps with your resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile, interview techniques and most importantly, getting your information in front of hiring managers. We work with over three thousand employers in Central Florida who use us for their training requirements. Many of them recruit from us so we get many job leads that are not available to the general public. Over half the jobs we have helped place people in are not even advertised.
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WIOA Grant Expert
I have over 20 years’ experience in higher education. I, too, was laid off from my job several years ago and struggled to get employed again because of ageism. Finally, I was able to get back into the workforce, but this time on the corporate side. Then I discovered the WIOA grant and realized what an opportunity this could be for people who lost their jobs or people with a low income. Most people do not like working with it becase of all the red tape. The regulations vary from one county to the next and are often changing. However, I have always been good at dealing with red tape. My experience working in career education gives me an in depth awareness of the many career choices and what it takes to get started. I now specialize in helping veterans, out of work (and under-employed) workers who may be eligible for a government grant that will pay for them to get trained, certified and help them get placed in their career and achieve their goals. Let’s see what you qualify for!
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