Are you unemployed or under-employed? 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 cost to you. Let’s see if you qualify!
With the amount of computer networks doubling every 5 years, the job demand for Information Technology workers continues to soar 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 faster than average. Cyberseek.org’s supply and demand heat map shows over 700,000 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 10,000 job opening and the amount of certified workers is very small. The cyber-crime epidemic is expected to triple the number of job openings over the next 5 years. Employers badly 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 demand is especially high 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 companies 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, businesses are already fighting for every Business Analyst they can get and pay good salaries. One of the biggest changes to this career is the need for business intelligence skills, like Excel, SQL, Power BI and Tableau. Companies now depend on data analysis technologies like Big Data analysis for organizational growth. With the right certifications, business analysts will get the business intelligence abilities they need to excel in their careers.
Responsible administrative assistants perform a variety of administrative jobs and clerical tasks. Duties include providing assistance to managers and employees, helping in every day office needs and managing the company’s general administrative duties. The more skilled administrative assistants can make a surprisingly good income if they have the necessary skills. Certifications like Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) and QuickBooks 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 free training grants to assist workers get trained, certified and placed in high demand fields such as IT, cyber-security, business analysis, 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) addresses this issue 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 resume marketable so you can get hired and get back into the workforce. This is a grant, not a loan. If you qualify, everything is paid for, 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 a program where there is a high expectation 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 approved career, there will be approved training plans to choose from.
The 3 most common categories 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 could get approved as a Dislocated worker. If you are on Food Stamps or government assistance, or have low income based on what you have earned the last six months and number of people in your family, then you could get approved under Adult Low Income. For youths age 18-24, you might get approved if you are not currently in 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 finished in a short period of time that will raise your marketability enough to help get you a job. We look at the best ways to take advantage of your experience to add a certification that will make you attractive to hiring managers and easier to place. 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 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 an extremely bureaucratic government agency. The steps are overly complicated. A number of schools are reluctant to work with WIOA if they can avoid it. I strongly advise you consult with an expert.
Yes! The whole purpose of this program is to help you get back in the workforce. We have teamed up with a staffing company that has devoted a person to work at our facility exclusively with our clients. She assists with your resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile, interview skills and most importantly, getting your information in front of hiring managers. We work with over 3,000 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.
Your Expert for Unemployment Grants
I have over 20+ experience in higher education. I, too, was laid off from my job several years ago and struggled to get employed again because of ageism. Luckily, I got hired again, but this time on the business side. Then I learned about the WIOA grant and realized what a godsend this could be for people who lost their jobs or people with a limited income. Many others do not like working with it becase of all the bureaucracy. The processes vary from one county to the next and are frequently changing. However, I have always been good at dealing with government bureaucracies. My experience working in career education gives me an in depth knowledge of the many career choices and what it takes to get hired. I now specialize in helping veterans, unemployed (and low income) 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!