Upskilling through Workforce1: Individual Training Grants
Add skills to your resume. Improve marketability. Increase your network. Did you read about these benefits to “upskilling” on Angie Kamath’s column last week? What if I told you that Workforce1 can help you to upskill at no cost to you?
Individual Training Grants (ITGs) are offered by Workforce1 to help qualified jobseekers get specialized job training to find a new job or advance their careers. ITGs fund select occupations that are rapidly growing in New York City. In other words, we’ve chosen to invest in training for occupations that have jobs available so that training participants have a good chance of landing a job upon course completion. Occupations eligible for training include:
- Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks
- Executive Secretaries and Administrative Assistants
- Medical Assistants
- Legal Secretaries
- Paralegals and Legal Assistants
- Computer Support Specialists
- Computer Systems Analysts
- Network and Computer System Administrators
- Office Managers (Administrative Service Managers)
- Fire Safety Directors
It’s important to have clear expectations of ITGS and whether a grant is right for you. Here are some Frequently Asked Questions that might help you determine whether you’re a good candidate to receive an ITG.
Who is eligible to apply for an Individual Training Grant?
- Be actively looking for employment or currently employed and earning less than $57,904/year.
- Be ready to work immediately after training.
- Register at a Workforce1 Career Center.
- Have a GED or High School Diploma.
What does an Individual Training Grant fund?
ITGS can fund course tuition, registration fees, testing fees, and books. ITGs cannot fund courses for college credit or any training that is not listed as eligible on the NYC Training Guide.
How can I apply for an Individual Training Grant?
The application process is highly selective. At each step you will receive approval to move forward or referral to other services. Completing an application does not guarantee receipt of an ITG. To apply, you must:
- Visit a Workforce1 Career Center and take a skills test.
- Complete an application.
- Interview with a Career Advisor.
The entire process takes 4-8 weeks.
Kate Janeski is Director of Recruitment at the NYC Department of Small Business Services, the agency that provides the Workforce1 service to prepare and connect qualified candidates to job opportunities in New York City. Her “Get Hired” column runs every Monday on the Workforce1 Career Blog. If you have a question or comment for Kate, drop her a note in the comment section below. And, don’t forget to share this post with your friends on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.