Whether you're experiencing the economic effects of COVID-19 or the energy crises, or just looking for a new opportunity, the OESC is here to help job-seeking Oklahomans of all kinds. Use these resources to jump-start your career search, refine your resume skills, and browse openings across the state.
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Resources for Individuals Seeking New Career & Training Opportunities
Oklahomans who lost their job due to COVID-19 have the opportunity to enroll in free training to obtain CompTIA A+, Network+, and Security+ certifications. With the program, you will receive job placement support to help you re-enter the workforce in an in-demand job. CompTIA A+ is the industry standard for launching IT careers. IT pros who hold CompTIA A+ make, on average, $51,375.
Skill Up offers free and unlimited access to more than 5,000 high-quality online training courses for 180 days. Click here for a 1-minute video overview of Skill Up. Upgrade your skills through the Metrix online learning platform and receive access to courses (presented in English and Spanish) including: Customer Service, Quick Books, Microsoft Office, Adobe, Analytical Skills, Data Management/Reporting, Time Management, Leadership Skills, Health & Safety, First Aid, and many more skill tracks.
Resources for Individuals Who Have Lost Work in the Energy Field, or Due to Foreign Trade
Trade and Economic Transition National Dislocated Worker (TET) Grant is a federal program which provides assistance to energy sector (primarily oil and gas) workers who have lost their jobs or whose hours of work and wages are reduced as a result of a loss, significant decline, or major structural change or reorganization.
Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) is a federal program that provides assistance to workers who lose their jobs or whose hours of work and wages are reduced as a result of increased imports. Under this program, you may qualify to receive allowances for training, job search, and relocation if your company is certified as "Trade Impacted" by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Additionally, a Trade Readjustment Allowance (TRA) may be payable if you qualify.
Resources for Underserved and At-Risk Job Seekers
Assisting and promoting employment for underserved and at-risk workers continues to be a priority for the OESC. As job seekers in these categories, the search can sometimes be difficult. The resources below will allow you to learn more about the programs that can provide leverage in your job search journey and help you achieve your employment goals.
The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a tax credit offered to employers as an incentive to hire individuals who are members of targeted groups which have traditionally faced significant barriers to employment. The credit is used to reduce the federal tax liability of private/for-profit employers. Access the Work Opportunity Tax Credit brochure.
The Federal Bonding Program provides individual fidelity bonds to employers for job applicants who are deemed unbondable by commercial carriers. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Federal Bonding program offers a proven and effective tool for workforce development professionals to help both employers and certain job applicants at no cost. Access the Federal Bonding Program brochure.