CARES ACT  Rapid Response Recovery Program

  • CareerSource Tampa Bay to help distribute $21.5 million in aid to help workers and businesses impacted by COVID-19
  • Funding will be used for Short Term Training & On the Job Training
  • Businesses can also apply to benefit from trained employees in a targeted occupation
  • Looking for more than 2,000 job seekers negatively impacted by COVID 19

What is the Rapid Response Recovery Program?

CareerSource Tampa Bay (CSTB) kicked off the Rapid Response Recovery (R3) program on July 1, 2020.  The program will help Hillsborough County job seekers with occupational skills training and find businesses skilled labor. The R3 program is funded through the Federal Cares Act with funding released by the Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners.

CSTB will be signing up 2,100 Job Seekers to participate in Short-Term and On-the-Job Training. The goal of the Job Seeker program is to help give workers adversely affected by COVID-19 retraining to improve their skills and make them more marketable among key industry sectors in Hillsborough county.

Up to 1,000 individuals can take advantage of the Short-Term Training program, training scholarships will provide up to $5,000 educational assistance. Another 1,100 job seekers will be provided On-the-Job Training.

In order to qualify, job seekers must be a Hillsborough County resident, economically injured due to COVID 19, 18-years of age or older, and must be a U.S. Citizen or authorized to work.  Job Seekers can register below.

There is no cost to HILLSBOROUGH EMPLOYERS participating in the program. Employers can receive a retention incentive and can benefit from trained employees in a targeted occupation. The program will directly pay or reimburse 100-percent of the first $12,000 of employee salary up to the first 90 days.  Employers can register below.

Short-Term Occupational Skills Training Providers

Look at the link below to see programs that may interest you.

Short Term Training Programs List_6.12.2020

How do I register?

Job Seeker Application Employer Application Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) approved a $25 million-dollar agreement on Thursday, June 4, 2020 to assist residents experiencing employment or business interruptions due to COVID-19 related business closures. The funding comes from the federal Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The agreement for this allotment will be managed by CareerSource Tampa Bay (CSTB) working closely with the BOCC.

The CARES Act monies will be used in Hillsborough County to support the Rapid Response Recovery (R3) Program – a wide-ranging program supporting both life safety and economic development. This portion of the funding will be used to quickly start workforce training programs. The agreement will go into effect retroactively from June 1, 2020 until December 30, 2020.


July 1, 2020

07.01.2020 CSTB (Rapid Response Recovery R3 Kick-Off)

June 4, 2020

May 7, 2020