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 WIOA-Pinellas government grant that can really help you get trained, certified and placed in your new career. There is no out-of-pocket for you. Let’s see if you qualify!
With the number of computer networks doubling every 5 years, the job demand for IT workers continues to heat 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 better than average. Cyberseek.org’s supply and demand heat map shows over 550,000 job openings across the United States. Some markets are even better than others. The Tampa/Clearwater/St. Petersburg job market pays well, because it has over 7,000 job openings and the amount of certified workers is very low. The cyber-crime epidemic is expected to triple the number of job openings over the next 5 years. Employers desperately 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 strong 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 fourth for 2023. Other top certifications in this field include ITIL, Agile Master, and Scrum Master
Each year, more organizations are realizing the benefits Business Analysts provide. Because of this, the Business Analyst job market is expected to climb at a rate of 19% over the next 10 years! With that amount of growth, businesses are already competing for every Business Analyst they can get and pay good salaries. One of the most significant changes to this career is the need for business intelligence skills, like Excel, and Power BI. Businesses now depend on data analysis technologies like Big Data analysis for organizational growth. With the right certifications, business analysts will get the business intelligence techniques they need to succeed in their careers.
Responsible administrative assistants perform several administrative jobs and clerical tasks. Duties include providing support to managers and employees, assisting in every day office needs and being responsible for the company’s general administrative duties. The more qualified administrative assistants can make a surprisingly good salary if they have the necessary skills. 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. It provides free training grants to assist workers get trained, certified and placed in high demand fields such as IT, cyber-security, business intelligence, project management and more. The idea is that there are fields in which there are not enough certified workers and there are declining fields in which there are too many people. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) tries to fix this issue by providing free funding for career training in high demand fields to those who qualify for this grant. This training is designed to make your skills marketable so you can get a job 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 pick a program where there is a high likelihood 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 3 most common 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 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 family size, then you could be eligible under Adult Low Income. For youths age 18-24, you might be eligible if you are not currently in school. You must also be determined to be “suitable.” This is not an automatic approval. The process is convoluted so it is best to speak with us beforehand to see if you qualify.
if you qualify for a WIOA-Pinellas grant, you want a plan that can be finished in a short period of time that will boost your marketability enough to help get you a job. We look at the best ways to leverage your work history to add a certification that will make you attractive to hiring managers 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 as clear as mud. A number of schools are averse to work with WIOA if they can avoid it. I highly recommend you consult with an expert.
Yes! The whole intent of this program is to help you get a job. We have partnered with a staffing company 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 resume in front of hiring managers. We work with over 3,000 employers in Central Florida who use us for their training requirements. A lot 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.