Are you unemployed or low-income? Have you been laid off or received a notice of 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 career. There is no cost to you. Let’s see if you are eligible!
With the amount of computer networks doubling every five years, the job demand for Information Technology employees 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 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 qualified workers is very low. The cyber-crime epidemic is expected to triple the number of open positions over the next five 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 prior 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 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
Responsible executive secretaries perform several administrative jobs and clerical tasks. Duties include providing help to managers and employees, assisting in every day office needs and managing the company’s general administrative requirements. The more skilled 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.
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 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 qualified people and there are declining careers 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 intended 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 covered, 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 expectation 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 occupation, there will be approved training plans to choose from.
The three most common 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 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 perplexing so it is best to speak with us beforehand to see if you are eligible.
You want a plan that can be completed in a short period of time that will boost your marketability enough to help get you hired. We look at the best ways to take advantage of your work history to add a certification that will make you attractive to employers 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 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 process is overly complicated. A lot of schools are reluctant to work with WIOA if they can avoid it. I strongly recommend you work with an expert.
Yes! The whole purpose of this grant is to help you get a job. We have partnered with a staffing firm that has dedicated a person to work at our facility exclusively with our clients. She helps with your resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile, interview skills 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 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 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. Finally, I got back to work, but this time on the business side. Then I discovered the WIOA grant and realized what an opportunity this could be for people who lost their jobs or people with a limited income. Most people do not relish working with it becase of all the red tape. The processes vary from one county to the next and are frequently changing. However, I have always been good at dealing with bureaucratic paperwork. My experience working in career education gives me an in depth understanding of the many career options and what it takes to get hired. I now specialize in assisting veterans, out of work (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 career and achieve their goals. Let’s see what you are eligible for!
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