What is ISETP?

The Indigenous Skills & Employment Training Program ("ISETP") is a Government of Canada program designed to help improve the employment opportunities of Aboriginal peoples and enable them to fully participate in the Canadian economy in a relationship based on the mutual trust, respect and openess. ISETP focuses on aligning employment services and skill development programming with the needs of the labour market. It is demand-driven and results based, rather than client-driven.

ISETP Clients

There are 2 different funding sources for the program and each has different qualifications requirements. These are as follows:

Human Resource Development Clients

These are people who are NOT on Employment Insurance (EI) and who:

  • Are currently employed but require skill development in order to retain their job; or
  • Have very little or no skills that would allow them to gain meaningful employment

To be elibible the person must be:

  • Fifteen (15) years or older.
  • First Nation members who demonstrate motivation and commitment to life betterment.
  • First Nation members who meet or exceed requirements and acceptance of institution and/or program.

Employment Insurance (EI) Clients

There are 2 types of EI Clients:

  • Active Employment Insurance (EI) Claimants: Are eligible for EI benefits.
  • Employment Insurance (EI) Reachback Clients: An unemployed person who has had an Employment Insurance (EI) claim in the three years before he or she applied for income assistance or has received maternity or parental benefits in a period that began no more than five years before he or she applied for income assistance. Note: EI Reachback refers to clients that have exhausted their EI Part 1 financial benefits.

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada determines if a person is elibible for this funding or not and the level of funding.

How Can ISETP Help Me and What Must I Do?

There are two types of clients, funded and non-funded. ALL clients must complete a Confidentiality and Disclosure form and provide Mandatory Personal Information before accessing any service statistics. Receiving ISETP funding requires that we meet target service levels so everyone we serve counts towards ensuring funding for all clients. Thank you for help on this.

Non-Funded (Basic/Minimum Level Service)

Any Aboriginal person who resides in the YTDF geographic area or members of other Aboriginal Communities who were unable to get assistance in their geographic area can request and will receive basic/minimum level services. We can help you with your career planning and job search through:

  • Job boards and postings;
  • Access to computers, printers, fax machines, telephones, internet and a resource library for job search/career planning purposes; and
  • An employment assessment and referrals.

We can give you an information sheet on the Four Employability Dimensions to help you with your career planning. Information on planning a career and education, finding a job and occupations can also be found on the Alberta Learning Information Services website at: http://alis.alberta.ca

Funded Programs/Services

You must apply for funded programs/services. If you meet the ISETP requirements and are approved you will become a funded client. Funding depends on if there is still money left in the budget as the Government of Canada provides only a limited amount of money for this program each year and we must use it according to our approved Operational plan. In addition to you providing Mandatory Personal Information and completing the Confidentiality Disclosure form, if you want to access a funded program/service we will work with you to complete the following requirements:

  • Provide information on education/training and previous employment/work experience;
  • Complete an assessment
  • Develop and commit to an action plan; and
  • Complete application forms and provide supporting documentation

If your application is approved you must enter into a contract with the YTDF Sub-Agreement Holder. This contract will include the terms and conditions under which you are funded and your and our responsibilities.

What Are My Responsibilities as an ISETP Client?

Your program/service contract will outline your specific program, funding terms and conditions and responsibilities. Requirements of all clients includes:

  • You must attend your training course or be at work during working hours (have 100% attendance unless an abscence is approved). You must obtain verification of attendance from the instructor/employer.
  • EI clients must report the number of hours you attended training or worked in each pay period. For training you must also report the time spent in-class (theory) vs. practical (hands-on) experience. You must obtain verification of these hours from the instructor/employer.
  • You must be punctual for your training/work. You must obtain verification of attendance time from the instructor/employer. Your funding will be reduced to reflect unauthorized absences.
  • You must participate to the best of your ability in your program
  • You will be required to pay back any money recieved (with interest) that you are not entitled to. This may include the ISETP Sub-Agreement Holder taking legal action.

Can I Appeal the Decision If My Application is Not Approved?

A person may appeal the decisions made on their funding application. In addition to stating their intent to appeal, appellants will be required to state fully, and in writing, the basis of their appeal.

There are limited provisions by which an appeal can be considered. The appeal:

  • Must be recieved within thirty (30) days of the client recieving written notification of the decision on their funding application.
  • Will be reviewed based on the contents of the original application, not on facts or circumstances subsequently arising.

For a complete description of the Appeal Process, please look at the one posted at the ISETP service site near you. You can request a copy to take with you.