Are you unemployed or low-income? Have you been laid off or received a notice of lay-off? If so, you might qualify for a WIOA-Pinellas government grant that can really help you get trained, certified and placed in your new career. 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 shoot up for this high paid career. If you qualify you can use the 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 32 percent from 2022 to 2032, which is much greater than average. Cyberseek.org’s supply and demand heat map shows over 550,000 job openings across the United States. Some markets are stronger than others. The Tampa/Clearwater/St. Petersburg job market pays well, because it has over 7,000 job openings and the number of qualified workers is very low. The cyber-crime epidemic is expected to triple the number of open positions over the next five years. Employers badly need workers who are certified in Security+, CISSP, Certified Security Analyst (CySA), Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) and CompTIA PenTest+
If you have management experience, one of the most high demand job opportunities is in project management. In the Tampa/St. Petersburg job market the demand is especially high for project managers and pays quite well. The Project Management Professional (PMP) is the most sought after certification for this field. CIO ranked this certification number four for 2023. Other top certifications in this field include ITIL, Agile Master, and Scrum Master
Every year, more organizations are realizing the benefits Business Analysts offer. Because of this, the Business Analyst job market is expected to climb at a rate of 19% over the next 10 years! With that type of growth, companies are already competing for every Business Analyst they can find and pay good salaries. One of the biggest changes to this field is the need for business intelligence skills, like Excel, and Power BI. Companies now depend on data analysis technologies like Big Data analysis for business growth. With the right certifications, business analysts will get the business intelligence techniques they need to succeed in their careers.
Responsible executive secretaries perform a variety of administrative jobs and clerical tasks. Duties include providing support to managers and employees, helping in every day business needs and managing the company’s general administrative duties. The more qualified executive secretaries can make a surprisingly good income if they have the necessary requirements. Certifications like Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) can really help to move up in this career.
Instead of having us talk about ourselves, why don’t we see what our clients have to say.
It is called the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). it is a jobs program. WIOA provides no cost training grants to help people get trained, certified and placed in big demand fields such as IT, cyber-security, business analysis, project management and more. The idea is that there are fields in which there are not enough qualified people and there are declining fields in which there are too many people. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) addresses this issue by providing no cost funding for career training in big demand fields to those who qualify for this grant. This training is intended to make your skills marketable so you can get hired and get back into the workforce. This is a grant, not a loan. If you qualify, everything is included, even the exam. The amounts vary by county but can be as high as $10,000 in some areas.
The WIOA-Pinellas grant is a jobs program so you must select a program where there is a high expectation of gainingemployment. Each county has a regionally targeted occupations list (RTOL) to choose from. They want to make sure you select an occupation that is in high demand. For each authorized career, there will be authorized training plans to choose from.
The three most prevalent classes are: Dislocated Worker, Adult Low Income and Youth (18 -25). If you were 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 notice of layoff or are a military spouse you might qualify 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 qualify under Adult Low Income. For youths age 18-24, you might qualify if you are not going to school. You must also be found to be “suitable.” This is not an entitlement. The process is perplexing so it is best to consult with us beforehand to see if you qualify.
if you qualify for a WIOA-Pinellas grant, you want a plan that can be completed in a short period of time that will raise your marketability enough to help get you placed. We look at the best ways to leverage your experience to add a certification that will make you attractive to recruiters and easier to get hired. Some occupations are ideal for this: cyber-security, information technology, project management, business analyst, human resources, executive secretaries and administrative assistants etc.
There is no charge to you if you qualify. No reimbursement 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 an exceptionally bureaucratic government agency. The steps are confusing. A lot of schools are reluctant to work with WIOA if they can avoid it. I strongly recommend you work with an expert.
Yes! The whole purpose of this grant is to help you get a job. We have teamed up with a staffing firm that has dedicated a person to work at our facility exclusively with our clients. She assists 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 accessible to the general public. Over half the jobs we have helped place people in are not even advertised.