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Training Grants Available Through ParnossahWorks Miami

At the start of the recession, many people who had been successful in their chosen careers suddenly found themselves out of a job and unable to find employment.

Career counselors with ParnossahWorks Miami, a partnership between Jewish Community Services of South Florida and the Greater Miami Jewish Federation that helps job seekers gain immediate access to available job opportunities, found that many of the people they were helping lacked the skills to make them marketable in today’s work environment, as well as the time and resources to invest in a lengthy degree program. Job-seekers were, however, interested in attending short-term programs that would enable them to upgrade their skills and become more marketable.

In order to address this community need, a new opportunity was launched, thanks to the generous support of an anonymous donor. ParnossahWorks Miami is now able to offer a limited number of grants to individuals for short-term training programs that will increase their employability. The training grants will be focused on, but not limited to healthcare, hospitality, technology and clerical work—key industries in South Florida, as identified by the U.S. Department of Labor.

“These grants will provide full or partial assistance to men and women who are looking to expand their vocational skills,” said Gisela Ades, one of the founders of the ParnossahWorks Miami program. “Whether they need to learn new computer software programs or take a six-month course that will lead them on a new and rewarding career path, these grants will allow them to do just that.”

To qualify for a training grant, interested applicants must be Jewish residents of Miami-Dade County who have a financial need and who have expressed an interest in gaining further skills. Applicants must register on www.parnossahworksmiami.org, meet with a career counselor and submit an online grant application. Requests will be evaluated by ParnossahWorks Miami staff on a rolling basis. Applicants will be expected to commit to completing the program and reporting on their post-training employment status. Applications are available here. For further information, please contact a JCS career counselor by calling 305-403-6554.

ParnossahWorks Miami was launched in February 2010 thanks to the generous support of Ades, along with her husband Daniel, and the Blank Family Foundation. This partnership recognized the need to expand employment assistance to Jewish residents of Miami, and the ParnossahWorks program, developed by FEGS Health and Human Services was brought to Miami.

ParnossahWorks Miami’s online system offers free access to job listings and job-search resources. Users can register for employment and career seminars. Since its launch in 2010 through the end of 2012, ParnossahWorks Miami has assisted 874 job-seekers with career counseling and resume writing, and more than half of the people seen have found jobs.

If you are interested in finding a job, posting an open position, or applying for a training grant, contact ParnossahWorks Miami at 305.403.6554, email jobseeker@pwmiami.org, employers@pwmiami.org, or visit ParnossahWorksMiami.org.

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