Are you unemployed or under-employed? Have you been laid off or received a notice of lay-off? If so, you might qualify for a grant that can really help you get trained, certified and placed in your new job. 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 Information Technology workers continues to soar for this high paid career. If you qualify you can use the WIOA grant to get the certifications the employers we work with are seekingasking for|: CompTIA, Microsoft, Cisco, Azure and more
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of information security analysts is projected to grow 32 percent from 2022 to 2032, which is much faster than average. Cyberseek.org’s supply and demand heat map shows over 5500,000 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 7,000 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 workers who are certified in Security+, CISSP, Certified Security Analyst (CySA), and/or Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH).
If you have prior management experience, one of the strongest 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 consistently ranks this certification in the top 5 each year. Other certifications in this field include ITIL, Agile Master, and Scrum Master
Responsible administrative assistants perform many administrative jobs and clerical tasks. Duties include providing support to managers and employees, helping in every day business needs and managing the company’s general administrative requirements. The more qualified administrative assistants can make a surprisingly good income if they have the necessary abilities. Certifications like Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) can really help to move up in this profession.
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It is called the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). it is a jobs program. It provides free training grants to aid workers get trained, certified and placed in high demand fields such as information technology, 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 problem 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 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 depending where you live.
This is a jobs program so you must choose 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 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 last 6 month’s earnings and family size, 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 determined to be “suitable.” This is not an entitlement. The process is convoluted so it is best to speak with us beforehand to see if you are eligible.
You need to select a program 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 use your experience to add a certification that will make you attractive to employers and easier to place. 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 cost to you if you are eligible. Nothing to pay 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 extremely bureaucratic government agency. The steps are as clear as mud. A number of schools are averse to work with WIOA if they can avoid it. I strongly advise you work with an expert.
Yes! The whole purpose of this program is to help you get a job. 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 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 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.