Labour Market Development Programs
Skills Training Benefit (STB)
The Province of Saskatchewan is responsible for training and employment supports for Employment Insurance (EI) clients through the Skills Training Benefits (STB) program. The main objective of the STB program is to assist clients who are EI eligible to return to the labour market as quickly as possible and to improve their employability.
Can-Sask staff work with a client to complete a return to work Action Plan. Developing the Action Plan involves reviewing the client's abilities and skills to compete in the labour market, assessing the client's work and education history, strengths, challenges, abilities, employability skills and so on. The intent of the Action Plan is to determine the client's needs and assist the client to develop a return to work plan that is realistic and achievable and the client agrees to.
STB is a negotiated process, clients are expected to contribute to their training. In consultation with a Client Services Consultant (CSC) the client and CSC will jointly determine the amounts to be contributed toward studies. The contribution will vary based on the resources available to the client. The resources taken into account include: income and assets from all of the client's sources, (and spouse's if applicable).
Additional expenses in caring for dependents resulting from participation in a training program. These may include the costs of child care or caring for a dependent child who is infirm or disabled.
Travel costs, especially in rural and northern areas, clients may have costs related to attending training.
Costs of meeting the needs of persons with disabilities may be considered such as:
Clients enrolled in post-secondary courses that are designated/approved for Student Loan funding may receive STB in combination with student loans. Tuition and books may be paid through the STB program and living expenses through the Student Loan program.
Clients may receive STB for up to three years (36 months) in their lifetime to assist with the cost of programs that fulfil their Action Plan and help get them back into the labour force.