Skills Development is an employment program of Employment Nova Scotia that provides financial assistance to eligible individuals to help them obtain the skills training they need to obtain employment.
The Skills Development (SD) program provides unemployed eligible participants who need to learn additional basic to advanced skills development training to help find work. SD participants should be those who lack marketable skills and need new or additional occupational skills in order to improve their employment prospects but are otherwise job ready. Participants requesting support through this program attend training on a full time basis and training may be approved through public or private training providers.
Employment Nova Scotia delivers Skills Development and other Employment Benefits and Support Measures in Nova Scotia.
In this Part, insured participant means an insured person who requests assistance under employment benefits and, when requesting the assistance, is an unemployed person for whom a benefit period is established or whose benefit period has ended within the previous 60 months.
Other criteria may apply.
Applications for funding must be received at least two (2) calendar weeks before the regular scheduled course start date. The start date is what has been identified by the training institution on the acceptance letter or website. Applications received after this deadline will not be considered for funding.
Note: If the deadline date is a holiday, then the application should be received in our office the business day prior.
As part of the application process, it is necessary for you to receive an employment assessment and develop a Return to Work Action Plan with a case manager. The case manager's decision is required before Employment Nova Scotia can assess your application. Please refer to the list of Employment Service Centres to find an organization that provides Case Management in your area.
The Employment Assistance Service provider can guide you through your application for financial assistance under the Skills Development Employment Benefit.