In September 2020, the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women (IAAW) became a new site for the Indigenous Skills and Employment Training (ISET) program, as part of the benefits of becoming a new provincial-territorial member association (PTMA) of the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC).

IAAW’s ISET program provides employment and training support services for First Nation, Métis, Inuit, urban and non-affiliated Aboriginal women across Alberta who are 15 years of age or older.

Our ISET program supports Aboriginal women to improve their skills, through training and education, and to find meaningful employment. We offer client-based services and our ISET Coordinator will work one-on-one with women who are seeking support to improve their skills and/or their employment.


SERVICES

Individual Training Purchases

Assistance with obtaining skills for employment. We can provide coordination, support and services for tuition, materials, supplies, childcare and living allowance.

Self-Employment Services

Support and coordination to pursue self-employment. We can provide support for expenses related to start-up costs, including business planning, materials and supplies.

Group Training/Special Projects

Based on regional priorities and interests, the group training is available to participants in the program to obtain employment skills and work experience through community based projects. Please contact the ISET Coordinator to learn more.

On the Job Training

Developing partnerships with employers to offer temporary funding as an incentive to off-set the costs of wages. Employers will have the ability to hire a client for a unique on the job work experience tailored to the individual skill set, education and previous work experience. This will offer a paid work experience to improve their long-term employment prospects. Please contact the ISET Coordinator to learn more.


ELIGIBILITY

  • Aboriginal women or Transgender (First Nation, Métis or Inuit, urban or non-affiliated).
  • 15 years of age or older.
  • Individuals seeking funding support must be unemployed, under-employed, or can demonstrate immediate risk of becoming unemployed.
  • Participants who successfully completed a training intervention and decide (for reasons unrelated to labour market) to change field/occupation, will not be considered for additional funding until they have made reasonable use of their skills in the labour market.  Participants must demonstrate they carried out an active job search between one intervention and new application.
  • Applicants must not be currently funded by another ISET holder.
  • Canadian resident who meets the residency requirements.

FUNDING BASED ON ELIGIBILITY, ASSESSMENT, APPROVAL, AND AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS.

HOW TO GET STARTED

New applications are now being accepted. Questions and Inquiries can be sent to iset@iaaw.ca

Visit Native Women’s Association of Canada to learn more about the ISET program.

Please note: All our services are currently available online. Please let us know if you require technology assistance.

CONTACT US to LEARN MORE – EMAIL: ISET@IAAW.CA | PHONE: (780) 479-8195

EMPLOYERS & PARTNERS

We are actively seeking employers to work with us. Our program helps to connect you with Indigenous women who are ready and enthusiastic to find employment. Our ISET Coordinator can work with you to explore innovative solutions to support your HR requirements. Our program can also offer important resources to get a potential new employee ready to be part of your team.

IAAW strives to build partnerships with public and private sector employers who are committed to employing Indigenous women and helping to support the appropriate education and training to secure meaningful employment in demanding field.

CONTACT US to LEARN MORE – EMAIL: ISET@IAAW.CA | PHONE: (780) 479-8195

Funded by the Government of Canada’s Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)
Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is the ISET holder.