Workforce Development Programs
Education and training are key drivers of economic prosperity and development. For years, APSi has worked closely with Department of Commerce, Workforce Centers, Employment Security Commissions, Vocational Rehabilitation and other various Non-Profit organizations to help strengthen training programs throughout the community. Our mission is to develop programs that create opportunities for individuals who seek career development and training.
Many of our students are:
• Unemployed workers looking for new skills
• Professionals in transition looking to enhance their skill level
• Young Adults
• Low-Wage Workers looking for better career opportunities
• Rehabilitated personnel seeking a new start to life
APSi has developed workforce training programs that ensure all personnel motivated to excel in their professional career have access to the proper training. With extensive background in recruiting and management, the team at APSi offer additional course curriculum to ensure maximum return on investment (ROI). See our after graduation programs for more value added benefits of choosing APSi.
We strive to utilize our training, coupled with our extensive knowledge in recruiting and placement to increase the placement ratios of every class. Students should expect; transitional assessments, career exploration, access to employment resources, globally recognized certificates, specific mentoring programs with our blended courses and career counseling.
Workforce Investment Act Information
Students who are interested in APSi’s workforce training programs should make sure they have established the proper qualfications through his/her counselor. Make sure that you have gone through the qualification process if you are seeking Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funding for training courses offered by APSi. WIA is the nation’s principal workforce development legislation, providing funds to address the employment and training needs of adults, dislocated workers and youth.
In North Carolina, the user-friendly JobLink Career Center system provides job seekers access to tools they need to help manage their careers. Students who are interested in other markets can check with APSi or their regional JobLink Career Center to see if a local APSi partner is registered to provide you with the training. If in fact you can’t find one of our training programs in your region, give us a call, we will see about introducing our programs to one of the boards in your community.
What you need to know to qualify for WIA training funding
- Before You Complete the WIA Training Application, you should determine if you are eligible by visiting your local employment center or visiting your employment commission website. Make sure you read the information carefully and determine if you qualify.
- If you are not eligible for WIA training, other services including career exploration, labor market information, job search resources and financial aid for scholarships, are available. Look for grants, scholarships and other educational loan programs to fund your tuition. (Check with the local banks. Some banking institutions have special continued education lending programs to assist students with tuition for programs that lead to job placement)
- If you determine that you need more assistance, contact your employment resource centers and speak to a counselor.
- Make sure you have all of the necessary documentation for your WIA packet. No student will be allowed to begin a class without proper documentation.
- Be prepared to take the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE). This test will determine if you qualify for certain programs, eligibility and funding.
Critical information to know about the WIA process
- Students who recently received training may not be eligible for additional training
- Make sure you and your training institute receives a “Voucher” for tuition payment before you begin class. Vouchers are the only form of payment for WIA training
- Consult with your counselor or advisor before signing any loan application or contracts with the school.
WIA does not provide direct reimbursement to the student.
What to do while your application is being processes
- Do your research on careers and career development. Don’t choose the career that sounds best or choose a buzz word career. Do your homework.
- Check out hot industries at the Labor Market or O*Net for data. Don’t just use that information. Talk to other people in that industry. Use them to gather information and build a better understanding of your new career goals.
- Understand the wage chart for your new career. Have a game plan in place and know what to expect for entry level wages.
- Look at the career growth in the new career field.
See if you need additional training to be successful in the career. Look for educational degrees, licenses needed and certifications.
Make sure your chosen career area is on the Regional Employment Board Career Field List and that the school and training program you want to attend is an approved WIA training provider. Contact the training provider and make sure they can meet your expectations. Remember, WIA training isn’t free money. The federal government is expecting each qualified student to make the right decision and choose the training programs that match the professional and personal goals to obtaining sustainable employment.