Eligibility Requirements

You may be eligible for approved training if you:

  • Have an eligible claim for UI benefits;
  • Are permanently separated from your previous employer and are unlikely to obtain suitable employment based on your current skill level and need training to become re-employed; and
  • You possess sufficient aptitude and skills to successfully complete and benefit from approved training.  Individuals who do not speak English or require remedial education may first participate in English for Speakers of Other Languages (E.S.O.L.), Adult Basic Education (ABE), or other Basic Skills courses.

Basic Skills Enhancement

English for Speakers of Other Languages (E.S.O.L.), Adult Basic Education (A.B.E.), and General Equivalency Diploma (G.E.D.) preparation are considered “basic skills enhancement courses.”

If it is determined that, as part of your re-employment plan, that you need basic skills enhancement, that course is usually taken as part of a vocational or industrial training program. You may also take G.E.D., A.B.E. and E.S.O.L. classes on a standalone basis.

When basic skills enhancement is part of your vocational plan, you have up to three years to complete your program. However, you will not be eligible to collect more than your maximum UI benefits under the regular state program plus the 26 weeks of additional UI benefits that are allowed by law.