Are you unemployed or under-employed? Have you been laid off or received a notice of lay-off? If so, you might be eligible for a WIOA-Pinellas grant that can really help you get trained, certified and placed in your new job. 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 employees 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 by 37 percent between 2012 and 2022, which is much greater than average. Cyberseek.org’s supply and demand heat map shows over 700,000 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 10,000 job opening and the number of certified workers is very small. The cyber-crime epidemic is expected to triple the number of open positions over the next 5 years. Employers desperately need employees 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 hottest 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
Each year, more companies 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 fighting 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, SQL, Power BI and Tableau. Businesses now depend on data analysis technologies like Big Data analysis for company growth. With the right certifications, business analysts will get the business intelligence abilities they need to excel in their careers.
Responsible administrative assistants perform many administrative jobs and clerical tasks. Duties include providing support to managers and employees, helping in every day office needs and being responsible for the company’s general administrative duties. The more skilled administrative assistants can make a surprisingly good income if they have the necessary requirements. Certifications like Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) and QuickBooks can really help to move up in this profession.
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 aid 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 professions 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 problem by providing no cost funding for job training in high demand fields to those who are eligible for this grant. This training is intended to make your resume marketable so you can get a job 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.
The WIOA-Pinellas grant is a jobs program so you must pick something 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 approved occupation, there will be approved training programs to choose from.
The three most typical 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 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 enrolled in school. You must also be found 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.
if you qualify for a WIOA-Pinellas grant, you need to select 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 employers and easier to place. Some career choices are ideal 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. No reimbursement or any personal 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 process is confusing. Many schools are hesitant to work with WIOA if they can avoid it. I strongly recommend you work with an expert.
Yes! The whole intent of this grant is to help you get a job. We have teamed up with a staffing firm that has devoted a person to work at our facility exclusively with our clients. She helps with your resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile, interview preparation 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 needs. 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.
I have over 20 years’ experience in higher education. I, too, was laid off from my job several years ago and had difficulty getting employed again because of ageism. Luckily, I got hired again, but this time on the corporate side. Then I discovered the WIOA grant and knew what a godsend this could be for the unemployed or people with a low income. Most schools do not like working with it becase of all the bureaucracy. The processes 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 options and what it takes to get hired. 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 field and achieve their goals. Let’s see what you qualify for!