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Workforce Investment Act - Employment Solution or Scam

Updated on November 8, 2013

Deja Vu

I recent received a letter from a recruiting liaison telling me about how he could help me find employment. Below is a transcript of the letter and my reply back.


Good Morning,


I tried to reach you over the phone today about some good opportunities you might be able to take advantage of. I saw your resume and I was very impressed with the amount of experience and knowledge you possess and I think IT certifications can give you the last boost you need in this job market. To give you an idea of what I do, I work directly as a Liaison with the South Florida Workforce to equip, and retool candidates like you who are not employed, to become certified with the most current certifications in the IT field, therefore making you more valuable to current employers.


The best thing about this program is that is not a loan, it’s a Federal Grant that covers courses, books, and testing vouchers you will never have to pay anything out pocket it is all covered by the grant! Workforce will cover all costs of training including testing in hopes of assisting you to find or secure employment in the IT field.


Feel Free to call me or shoot me an e-mail so we can discuss your options and take advantage of this great opportunity.



Regards,

To Whom It May Concern

To Whom It May Concern,

Sounds to me like you are speaking about the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), which I have already participated in and successfully completed. I received all of the certifications associated with my training and study track (MICROSOFT CERTIFIED IT PROFESSIONAL SERVER ADMINISTRATOR (MCITP) GREEN IT PREPARATORY PROGRAM) also, so unless you actually have job opportunities to offer…??? As you have already stated you had found my resume online and it is current as of 11/1/2013.

Both South Florida Workforce and the school I attended New Horizons failed miserably in this area of the program, as I still have not found employment six months later. Yet they both have reported back to the federal government that I successfully completed their programs. It all seems to be a scam in the end to get the government funding, but not the jobs to put people back to work.

I keep running into the wall of recruiters, staffing agencies, and employers talking about how they found my resume online, but still they want me to send them an updated copy as if something has changed; or they complain that my resume does not show my job experience, or that there are gaps in it, you either have the knowledge or you don’t, and if you do it doesn’t just go away like smoke in the air. It would seem they think that anyone can just walk in off the street and take these certifications exams without ever having had any experience at all. Which I know to be BS. People without any experience would not find it easy to comprehend, much less take these Microsoft, CompTIA, Cisco exams and pass them, they are not that easy else they would be worthless and have no weight or bearing in the IT community.

Yet that is just what I did, because I have had the experience doing this type of career in the past. But I also have other skills, knowledge, and certifications that have allowed me to do more than one career in my lifetime, not only in the field of Information Technology, but in education, and as an accomplished musician, recording engineer, and record producer also. But none of this matters to employers, recruiters, and staffers when it comes to finding and getting a job.

You get to train and become certified to advance your career potential, but then ignored or offered lesser positions below your skill and knowledge set.

So unless you offering me employment opportunities, then you are not a part of the solution for some one like myself and others like me whom are facing the same issues as I have already described to you. As you can see from my certifications below I am in possession of the type of certifications to which many employers and organizations are requiring. Yet I am still being passed over for many opportunities for employment, I am not the only one as many of the opportunities advertised on line and by staffing agencies remain for available for many weeks and months later after I have applied.

Does that mean that there are no qualified and experienced individuals in the south florida area that can fill these job vacancies, I find that hard to believe or accept. Do not take any thing I have said personally, but instead weigh the facts I am expressing for what they are, the simple truth.

So If you have something real and tangible to offer to me at this point. I am open to all suggestion and opportunities to be hired immediately.

The Facts of WIA

Empowering the Nation’s Jobseekers

The Workforce Investment Act of 1998 provides the framework for a unique national workforce preparation and employment system designed to meet both the needs of the nation’s businesses and the needs of job seekers and those who want to further their careers. Title I of the legislation is based on the following elements:

  • Training and employment programs must be designed and managed at the local level where the needs of businesses and individuals are best understood.
  • Customers must be able to conveniently access the employment, education, training, and information services they need at a single location in their neighborhoods.
  • Customers should have choices in deciding the training program that best fits their needs and the organizations that will provide that service. They should have control over their own career development.
  • Customers have a right to information about how well training providers succeed in preparing people for jobs. Training providers will provide information on their success rates.
  • Businesses will provide information, leadership, and play an active role in ensuring that the system prepares people for current and future jobs.

The Act builds on the most successful elements of previous Federal legislation. Just as important, its key components are based on local and State input and extensive research and evaluation studies of successful training and employment innovations over the past decade.


Excerpt from -
http://www.doleta.gov/usworkforce/wia/Runningtext.cfm

Solution or Scam

In August of 2012 I was accepted into the WIA program, but because of government red tape and a lack of funding I was not able to participate in the program until late January 2013 a day after President Barack Obama was sworn in for his second term of office.

I completed the WIA program successfully in May 2013. I also took and passed all eight of the certification exams that were a part of the program track I enrolled in. Six months later I am still without employment.

I was one of 3 individuals out of 20 to accomplish this training and certification goal to completion.

Solution or Scam, you decide?

Keep in mind that WIA is presented to individuals as a "Once in a Lifetime Opportunity", which cannot be repeated should you dropout or fail to achieve you goals.

What's your take on this program?

Do you think that the WIA program is a worthwhile effort and use of your tax dollars

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      Jayne Fletcher 2 years ago

      I was scared they didn't pay for any training cost of supplies. Walked me through to force their program selected education and used my fasfa to place me in classes I would not be able to successfully complete with my Mac computer. They said pay the cost of daycare we will reimburse you. Not one dollar as be returned, drained the few dollars I had just to get by every month and said no were not going to pay childcare we agreed to support. I had to stay long hours and pay additional childcare so I could screech a passing grade so I wouldn't loose my fasfa. I was advised and documentation that these classes were not financial aid eligibile. Yet fasfa paid for classes I didn't need for my long term educational goal. They lied cheated and stole my savings and the grant money my application was awarded. I cant even buy my toddler much needed clothes. He barley fits what I have. And the small wardrobe gets smaller by the day. I am financially ruined. I have had to use the few credit card funds just to finish what I have to so I won't loose fasfa funding in the future. I was better off before the program now I'm poor for signing up, and scared how I'm going to dig myself out of this nightmare.

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      Patrick Ross 3 years ago from Coconut Grove, Florida

      CJ it has been over a year since I first wrote this blog. I also have completed the program and received all the certifications associated with program track that I choose. But that is where it ends. In order to find work I was left to my own devices. Both the One-stop job search agency and the school I attended failed to find me employment. In fact I was always being offered lower ranking / lower paying jobs that had nothing to do with what I spent nearly six months training and taking certification exams to achieve. Basically the school's just want the free government monies to offset the lack of public enrollment in they're programs. Meanwhile the one-stop just wanted to get me to sign off that they had found me employment, even if they had nothing to do with getting me the jobs I finally got. The only positive thing I found in the whole process was that I got to take the courses and training being offered through the schools without paying out of my own pocket. The second thing was that it was totally on me to pass the exams to achieve the certification statuses that the programs offered. So just as they advertised it was truly "a once in a lifetime" offer that you need to take full advantage of if you got it. Fortunately I had the personal desire to succeed and make the most of the program's offer, and I am one of a small percentage who has accomplished this goal. Many of my former classmates are still struggling to find work or pass the exams to get their certification. So I sort of have a love / hate relation with the program, and in my determination many of the schools and one-stops are simply in it for the government money and put it all on you to find a job afterward. I am not saying that if you get a chance to get in the program that it is a waste of time for any individual, but don't expect them to get you a job should you successfully complete the program track that you choose to enroll in, its about hard work, determination, and personal focus in the end game. You still have to face all the challenges of the job market by yourself.

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      CJ 3 years ago

      I completed the WIA program. I attend a local college for my certification and was employed a few weeks after my training. The key if pick the best school/program not the quick and easy training. think of it as investment in your future. They offer RN, PT, IT and many excellent program.