Losing your job can be scary, but there are job training programs that can help you gain the valuable skills you need to launch a rewarding, long-lasting career. The U.S. Department of Labor and the Department of Education fund many federal and state grants, including the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), to help people who are unemployed gain industry-standard certifications.
Getting certified in a rapidly-growing field such as healthcare or information technology (IT) can provide an entry-level position with many opportunities for advancement. Here's how to find free unemployment training programs near you:
Workforce funds are distributed through American Job Centers (AJC). The exact amount you might qualify for will depend on your circumstances and where you live. Your local AJC will provide you with career guidance and help you find eligible programs in your area. In addition to local in-person programs, online programs such as MedCerts are approved in many states. You may be able to train for your new career without leaving home.
Once you have an idea of the programs available to you, sit down and think about what type of career fits your current interests. It may help to imagine where you want to be in five or ten years. Writing down your goals can help you figure out how to achieve them. While you should consider your current skills, don't feel limited by them. You can gain the skills you need with a training program.
Contact your local AJC to find out if you are eligible for a workforce grant for employment training and how you can apply. You may qualify if you're:
Low income or eligible for government benefits
A dislocated worker due to a factory closure
A homemaker who lost a primary income
Terminated or laid off or have received notice that you will be within 180 days
Self-employed but unable to earn an income due to the economy or a natural disaster
If you're eligible for a workforce grant, you have to use it on an approved program like the healthcare and IT programs offered by MedCerts. A program has to be on your state's Eligible Training Provider List to be approved. These programs are specifically designed to get you career-ready in these thriving industries as soon as possible.
You'll want to find a program that offers the resources and support you'll need to pass your certification and get a job. When you research programs, focus on the services that are available after your course as well. Finding a program that matches you with an advisor and a mentor and provides networking opportunities can make a big difference in finding an internship or job.
MedCerts' dedicated Admissions Advisors are experts in the workforce grant requirements for each state and can help match you up with the best program for you. If you have any questions or would like more information or personalized advice, reach out to one today.