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Training Opportunities Program eligibility requirements

Find out if you may be eligible to participate in the Training Opportunities Program (TOP) and learn about the requirements for staying eligible while in training.

Who is eligible

You may qualify for the Training Opportunities Program if:

  • You no longer work for your former employer
  • You filed an unemployment claim and are eligible for unemployment benefits
  • It will be difficult for you to get a new job, unless you learn new skills
  • You have the basic skills to complete and benefit from approved training. Individuals who do not speak English or require remedial education may first participate in a basic skills enhancement course.
  • You submit a completed TOP application within the first 20 weeks that you receive your unemployment benefits
  • Your training program is full time and approved by the TOP unit

Basic skills enhancement

If it is determined that you need basic skills enhancement before you can participate in a training program, you may be required to take a basic skills enhancement course, such as:

  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  • Adult Basic Education (ABE)
  • General Equivalency Diploma (GED)

A basic skills enhancement program together with approved training will be considered one training program.

How to maintain eligibility while in training

To remain eligible, you must do the following:

  • Continue to request unemployment weekly benefits
  • Maintain attendance and make satisfactory progress in your training program
  • Complete your program within 2 years. If you must take a basic skills enhancement course, your approved training program must be completed within 3 years.
  • You may take part in only 1 approved training program during your unemployment eligibility period

If your job training program has vacation breaks, you will continue to receive TOP benefits if:

  • The vacation period is less than 3 weeks, and
  • You go back to the training program right after the break ends

If the vacation period is more than 3 weeks, and you continue searching for work as required, you may be able to get regular benefits but no extended unemployment benefits.

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