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 government 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 are eligible!
With the amount of computer networks doubling every 5 years, the job demand for Information Technology 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 300,000 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 4,000 job opening and the amount of qualified workers is very small. The cyber-crime epidemic is expected to triple the number of job openings 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 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 number two for 2019. Other certifications in this field include ITIL, PMI-Agile and Scrum Master
Each 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, businesses are already fighting for every Business Analyst they can find and pay good salaries. One of the most dramatic changes to this field is the need for business intelligence skills, like Excel, SQL, Power BI and Tableau. Organizations now mostly depend on data analysis technologies like Big Data analysis for business growth. With the right certifications, business analysts will get the business intelligence skills they need to advance in their careers.
Responsible executive secretaries perform several administrative jobs and clerical tasks. Duties include providing assistance to managers and employees, assisting in daily business needs and managing the company’s general administrative requirements. The more qualified executive secretaries can make a surprisingly good salary if they have the necessary skills. 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 no cost training grants to aid people get trained, certified and placed in big demand fields such as information technology, cyber-security, business analysis, project management and more. The idea is that there are careers 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 job training in big demand fields to those who are eligible for this grant. This training is designed to make your resume marketable so you can get a job and get back into the workforce. This is a grant, not a loan. If you are eligible, everything is paid for, even the exam. The amounts vary by county but can be as high as $10,000 in some areas.
This is a jobs program so you must pick a program 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 an occupation that is in high demand. For each approved career, there will be approved training plans to choose from.
The three 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 get approved 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 get approved under Adult Low Income. For youths age 18-24, you might get approved if you are not enrolled in school. You must also be found to be “suitable.” This is not an automatic approval. The process is perplexing so it is best to discuss this with us first to see if you are eligible.
You want a program that can be finished in a short period of time that will increase your marketability enough to help get you placed. We look at the best ways to use your experience to add a certification that will make you attractive to hiring managers 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 charge 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 a remarkably bureaucratic government agency. The process is as clear as mud. A number of schools are averse to work with WIOA if they can avoid doing so. I strongly advise you work with an expert.
Yes! The whole intent of this grant is to help you get back in the workforce. 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 resume 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.
Instead of having us talk about ourselves, why don’t we see what our clients have to say.
I have over 20+ experience in higher education. I was also laid off from my job several years ago and had difficulty getting employed again because of my age. Finally, I was able to get back into the workforce, but this time on the business side. Then I learned about the WIOA grant and knew what a boon 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 bureaucracy. The regulations 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 awareness of the many career options and what it takes to get started. I now specialize in assisting veterans, unemployed (and low income) people 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 are eligible for!
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