Frequently Asked Questions
Why do I need a SIN (Social Insurance Number) to apply for some Employment and Training programs? And how do I go about getting a SIN number?
Your Social Insurance Number, especially for Employability programs, provides a type of financial security should you not become employed at the end of an Employability program. Your SIN number is an important part of ensuring that you meet the eligibility requirements for Employment Insurance benefits. Also, some of Employment and Training's programs include eligibility requirements that require you to have a SIN number.
See our Interesting Links for a link to Human Resource and Skills Development Canada's page. There you will find all the information you need to apply for a SIN number, or replace a lost or stolen card.
Why are there so many forms to fill out if all I want to do is meet with an Employment Counselor to help me with my resume?
Employment and Training maintains a database of all past and current clients. The information provided by you on these forms is used to update your profile within that database. From there, we can ensure that your information is up to date, and you are provided with information and assistance that is best suited to your needs.
Help and Advice
I just finished high school and I have no idea what I want to do; how can Employment and Training assist me in deciding what I want to do?
Our Employment Counselors have several resources to assist you in choosing the right career path for you. If you haven't applied for CEGEP or are unsure about what you want to do, we can provide you with pamphlets and other reading material about what types of jobs you might be best suited for. We have interest, skills, and personality assessments that can suggest what careers you might be good at and have never even considered! You can make an appointment with an Employment Counselor at any time to ask for more information about these resources or to get started on your career plan.
There is a job that I want to apply for, but I have no idea how to do a resume and cover letter. Where can I get help?
There are several resources on the Internet, for example, that provide resume and cover letter samples. Make a list of your past work experiences, including extra curricular activities, hobbies, and volunteer work. Follow the structure of the samples that best suit your needs, and prepare a draft of both your cover letter and resume. Schedule an appointment with an Employment Counselor who can then go over your documents and provide you with feedback and tips.
I have a disability (learning or physical); can you help me obtain employment?
Employment and Training has specific programs to provide assistance to clients with disabilities. You should make an appointment with an Employment Counselor to discuss what your needs are, and he/she will work with you to find a program that best suits your needs or will work with you along your journey to finding employment.
Training and Development
If I am currently employed and want to go for further training? Will Employment and Training pay for my training program?
If eligible, you may be approved to take a part-time training course to compliment your current job. Usually, in this situation, a cost share arrangement is done between Employment and Training and your employer if the training is required or recommended by your employer. However, if the training you want to apply for is not related to your job, or will cause you to leave your job, there are important decisions to make and it is recommended you speak with an Employment Counselor before taking any steps.
I have recently applied to Employment and Training for funding for a training course; are there any costs that I will be responsible for towards the cost of my training?
Once your application for funding is submitted, Employment and Training will provide you with a list of what they will be able to provide funding for should your application be approved. For high cost training courses, there is a maximum in the amount that Employment and Training can provide for tuition. You may be required to seek out alternatives to supplement Employment and Training's contribution towards high cost tuition. Also, most required materials for courses are included, but you may be responsible for suggested course materials and supplies.
Who should I make my request to in order to apply for funding for a training program?
First, you should determine whether your program is vocational/professional or if it's a post-secondary program. Employment and Training can only fund vocational/professional training. You could contact an Employment Counselor to help you to determine this. It is important to discuss your plan with an Employment Counselor before applying to any training programs. The Employment Counselor can assist you in making sure that this is the right plan for you.
From there, it must be determined if you are eligible for funding, and if Employment and Training can cover the type of training that you are requesting. From there, the Employment Counselor can provide you with the information that you will need to include in your request for funding. Your application usually includes a letter of intent written by you, as well as program information including location, cost, length of training, and the type of accreditation that you will receive upon completion. This application, when finalized, is submitted to the Employment Counselor who then brings it to an Employment and Training team meeting to review your request and make a decision.
My friend and I both submitted a funding request for two separate training courses. Is there a guarantee that they both will be approved?
Each application for funding that is received by Employment and Training is looked at as completely separate from other applications. The background of the individual applicant is reviewed including any funding that they may have accessed previously from Employment and Training, or other Tewatohnhi'saktha programs. Also, their educational and employment history, the type of training that they are applying for and the cost of the training program are also taken into consideration. Another important point is if there is a demand for that type of qualification in the labour force. This means that if the type of training that you want to do will qualify you to work in an area with the fewest available jobs, you may want to reconsider that type of training.
Therefore, if two people apply for two different programs at the same time, there is no guarantee that they will be approved. There is a lot to consider for each application.
I am currently collecting Employment Insurance benefits; can I still apply for a full time training course?
If you meet other eligibility requirements, you can apply for a full time training course while you are on Employment Insurance. Be sure to talk with an Employment Counselor to discuss your options before canceling your Employment Insurance benefits, as you may be eligible to receive financial assistance based on your current Employment Insurance rate.
I currently own my own business; can I send my employees for training?
If your employees are eligible for assistance from Employment and Training, and your application is approved, you can send your employees for individual or group employment-related training. Depending on the specific training, number of employees, and the cost of the training program, a cost share arrangement may be set up between you and Employment and Training to cover the cost of the training.
I currently own my own business; can Employment and Training help me find a reliable employee for my business?
Employment and Training currently maintains a database of clients who are looking for employment. We can provide you with a list of names of clients who meet your requirements, and who have also agreed to have their names released to prospective employers. We can assist you with drafting up job descriptions, and can post your job in our job posting areas and on our website. Also, you may be eligible for one of our Employability programs. If there is a client that is qualified to work at your business and is looking for employment, we may be able to enter into an Employability Agreement between Employment and Training, your business, and the client. Once approved, Employment and Training can provide a contribution towards the salary of that employee for a set term while he/she is employed at your business.