WPSI cohort classroom

Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: How do I know if I qualify?
A: Every recruitment and training program is unique to the employer partner and target job, so the eligibility requirements are different each time. All eligibility requirements are outlined on the flyer (even personality traits!) so that you can determine if there is a match, and know what the Recruitment Team is looking for on submitted application.

Q: How do I apply for a training program?
A: Applications can be completed online. It is extremely important to fill it out completely or it may get returned to you to be completed.

Q: What happens after I apply?
A: Each application is reviewed individually to learn if your experience and career goals match the opportunity that you are applying for. From there, you could be contacted to enter the next step of the recruitment process, which includes an interview and some paperwork. All applicants, regardless of how far they get in the process, are contacted via email about their status before the program starts.

Q: Is this a paid training?
A: Participants are paid a small stipend each week by check.

Q: Is the job guaranteed?
A: No. Successful participants interview for an open position with the employer partner as coordinated by WPSI.

Q: What happens if I don’t get the job?
A: If a participant doesn’t receive a job offer from the employer partner, WPSI staff will work with you to find open positions that not only meet your qualifications, but are also aligned with the career path that you share and explore during the course of the program.

Q: What happens after I complete the program?
A: All successful participants enter our Alumni network, which includes supports such as coaching and access to a financial literacy professional. There is also programming covering a variety of topics, networking opportunities, and connections to new job openings supported by WPSI staff.