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 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 are eligible!
With the amount 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 seekingasking 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 better than average. Cyberseek.org’s supply and demand heat map shows over 300,000 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 4,000 job opening and the supply 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 badly need employees who are certified in Security+, CISSP, Certified Security Analyst (CySA), Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) and Cisco CCNA Security
If you have management experience, one of the best 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 certification 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 businesses 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 competing for every Business Analyst they can find and pay good salaries. One of the most dramatic changes to this career 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 business growth. With the right certifications, business analysts will get the business intelligence techniques they need to move up in their careers.
Responsible executive secretaries perform several administrative jobs and clerical tasks. Duties include providing support to managers and employees, assisting in daily business needs and being responsible for 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) 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 high demand careers such as information technology, cyber-security, business analysis, project management and more. The idea is that there are fields in which there are not enough certified people and there are declining careers 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 career training in high demand fields to those who are eligible for this grant. This training is designed to make your skills marketable so you can get hired and return to 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 something 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 a career that is in high demand. For each approved occupation, there will be approved training plans to choose from.
The three most typical categories are: Dislocated Worker, Adult Low Income and Youth (18 -25). If you have been 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 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 enrolled in school. You must also be found to be “suitable.” This is not an entitlement. The process is convoluted so it is best to consult with us beforehand 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 hired. 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 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 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 steps are as clear as mud. A lot of schools are averse to work with WIOA if they can avoid it. I highly advise you work 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 firm that has devoted a person to work at our location 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 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.
Instead of having us talk about ourselves, why don’t we see what our clients have to say.
I have over 20 years’ experience in education. I, too, was laid off from my position several years ago and had difficulty getting employed again because of my age. Finally, I got hired again, but this time on the corporate 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 relish working with it becase of all the bureaucracy. The regulations 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 colleges gives me an in depth grasp of the many career choices and what it takes to get hired. 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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