Instilling self-sufficiency is the cornerstone of our mission.


Our primary objective is to help clients gain relevant training, certifications, or post-secondary education that directly lead to improved career opportunities. Current training programs include business, information technology, medical, vocational trades, childcare, behavioral health, and culinary arts. Our job training programs are specifically designed for residential and community-based clients in our care as part of their customized case management plans. One exception is our Culinary Arts Program which is open to any qualified applicant in the community (you do not have to be a Metro Ministries resident or client).

Culinary Arts

The Culinary Arts Program

The program is 15-week course made up of 12 training modules and a 3-week externship at a local restaurant. Students receive real life, fast-paced training from our knowledgeable chef instructors. Our goal is to prep students in the skill of culinary arts so that they can become self-sufficient and positive members of our community. Upon graduation, each trainee has gained the experience and ability to seek and maintain long-term employment.

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Metro CareCorps 

Metro CareCorps

About the Program:
Metro Care Corps is an eight-week Early Learning Childcare Worker and Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) training program with a new cohort starting each month. The costs for registrations, certifications, and materials are all included. A monetary stipend will be provided to the participant upon the completion of the program.

Training Component:
Training will include (but not limited to) required Department of Children and Families hours, RBT training course (for those on RBT track), TIBS (trauma informed behavioral support), infant mental health, executive function, Ages and Stages Questionnaires, and fundamental child development trainings. Both Early Learning Childcare Workers and Registered Behavior Technicians (RBT) must complete required training and take required examinations showing proficiency in the subjects.

Internship Component:
Both Early Learning Childcare Workers and Registered Behavior Technician trainees will complete in field internship hours in Metropolitan Ministries’ childcare programs, CREATE Pre-School (ages 0-5) and CREATE after school care (elementary age).

Trainees will gain experience alongside a mentor teacher in the classroom through in field training and an internship. The internship will prepare trainees to work in the field, gaining practical experience under the guidance of experienced practitioners. At the conclusion of the internship, childcare trainees will master the skills of creating a daily schedule, lesson planning, completing transition logs, and taking care of a classroom. RBT track interns will complete their infield internship and be ready to complete the proficiency exam to become certified as an RBT. A Board-Certified Behavioral Analyst will provide supervision to all RBT trainees.

Are you interested in becoming an Early Learning Childcare Worker or Registered Behavior Technician in Tampa Bay?

Program Enrollment Requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Pass a Level Two criminal background check.
  • Complete online application.
  • Complete Assessment Interview.
  • Upon approval, will receive acceptance into the program.

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More job training opportunities coming soon.