Indigenous Skills Employment Training Program

The Indigenous Skills and Employment Training (ISET) Program is designed to help Indigenous people improve their skills and find employment.

Who We Are

In April 2019, the Indigenous Skills and Employment Training (ISET) Program replaced the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASETS). The ISET Program includes four distinct labour market strategies: First Nations, Inuit, Métis and Urban/Non-affiliated. With Indigenous partners, the Government is advancing reconciliation by creating more job training opportunities for Indigenous people.

MKO ISET is governed by a Board of Directors that is elected from the 24 member First Nations; each community is known as a “Sub-Agreement Holder” and MKO ISET is known as the “Primary Agreement Holder”.

The articles of incorporation of MKO ISET support the principle of grassroots or local decision-making while promoting, advocating and addressing the needs of First Nations through their local boards.

What We Do

To help meet labour market demands, MKO ISET offers a variety of employment programs and services. Using an integrated approach, we will link your training needs to labour market demands, providing you with training or skills upgrading and with help finding a job.

All Indigenous people, regardless of status or location, may access its programs and services, which include:

training for skills development;
training for employment;
mentoring for high-demand jobs;
targeted job coaching to Indigenous people, including Indigenous people with disabilities; and
child care support.

MKO ISET supports their member First Nations (Sub-Agreement Holders – SAHs) by achieving greater success in employment and training initiatives through:

  1. Identifying Labour Market Opportunities
  2. Building Capacity & Facilitating Development
  3. Creating Partnerships with Industry & Educators
  4. Ensuring Fiscal Accountability

For training and employment services, please communicate with us via our Contact Page for more information.

Who is Eligibile

All individuals accessing any type of program funds must complete and sign the additional necessary forms required under that program(s). All program funding requests are subject to availability of funds.

The following individuals are eligible for minimum levels of service and/or financial assistance under the MKO’s employment and training programs:

  • Members of the Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak, regardless of their location of residence, who are encountering barriers to securing employment, and
  • Are unemployed or under-employed

The following individuals are not eligible for financial assistance under the MKO’s employment and training programs:

  • Individuals who are not registered members of the Manitoba Keewantinowi Region. Those individuals may be eligible for minimum levels of service including general employment coaching, access to a career development services, and resources;
  • Individuals who are actively self-employed;
  • Individuals who owe ASETS MKO for previous disentitlements that have no yet been repaid in full;
  • Individuals who have assessed funding for a different, un-related career field, in the past two years (after two years applicants must prove justification for their application for assistance in a different field, however funding support may not be guaranteed).

The following individuals are not eligible for financial assistance under the MKO’s employment and training programs:  All individuals accessing any services must initially complete and sign the Client Data Form and the Client Consent to Access and Release Information Form.

All individuals accessing any type of program funds must complete and sign the additional necessary forms required under that program(s).  All program funding requests are subject to availability of funds.

Services and Programs

We can assist you through your First Nation Agreement Holder with your career and employment goals utilizing many programs such as:

  • Computer and Internet Access for Career and Job Search
  • One-on-One Employment Coaching
  • Group Employ-ability Skills Coaching / Workshops
  • Resume Development and Job Search Assistance
  • Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy Funding Programs
  • Targeted Wage Subsidies:  Job Opportunity Program, and Career Exploration Program (Youth)
  • Skills Enhancement – Course Purchases
  • Job Creation Partnerships
  • Employment Start Up Supports
  • Mobility/Relocation Assistance
  • Employment Maintenance
  • Self-Employment Assistance
  • Co-op Elective Credit Assistance
  • Apprenticeship Supports
  • Summer Student Assistance

Funding Facts

All funds provided to applicant are spent and accounted for in accordance with their Contribution Agreements. If there is a year-end surplus, it is identified, and applied (carried forward) to the next training period. Any funds remaining at the end of the ISET will be returned to Funder.

Contribution Agreement:

Sets out the terms and conditions upon which applicant will receive funding and deliver training pursuant to the ISET.

Monitors:

  • Each applicant will undergo an activity and financial monitor for both the employment & training and daycare departments during the ISET.
  • Additional follow up monitors may be conducted based on the outcome of the initial monitor.
  • All monitor activity is measured against the annual operation plan and contribution agreement.

Annual Operational Plan:
Applicant must submit annual operating plans “AOP”. Annual objectives and projected outcomes are identified. Annual program plans are developed for each individual training activity and are accompanied by targets. Overall summary budget consolidates program plans as well as administrative and other training related costs.

Changes to the AOP:
AOP plans may need to be amended as circumstances in applicant communities change, and as the Initiative evolves along with the planning and implementation of the ISET.

All amendments to the AOP will be reported to MKO ISET. Substantive changes require approval for funding prior to the delivery of training and the changes required a revised AOP.
Other minor changes can be captured in monthly/quarterly reports.

Monthly Reports:
Funding is disbursed monthly based on cash flows developed as part of the annual planning process.

Each sub-agreement holder must provide the required activity and financial reports on the prescribed schedule. These individual reports are rolled up into a single report and forwarded to the Funder by MKO ISET.

Once the funder reviews and accepts the report, funding is released by Funder to MKO ISET and then MKO ISET to the applicant.
(Note: only actual expenditures reported are reimbursed. The advance will be less surplus from the previous month).

Financial Audits:
The Contribution Agreement outlines specific audit criteria developed for the ISET by Funders. MKO ISET integrates all of the applicant audits into one consolidated audit.

This integrated audit is forwarded to funder. The funder then processes payment to MKO ISET. Delays in receiving SAH audits will result in funding delays for the next training cycle for all of the applicant.

Other Funding Facts:

  • All funds provided to applicant are spent and accounted for in accordance with their Contribution Agreements. If there is a year-end surplus, it is identified, and applied (carried forward) to the next training period. Any funds remaining at the end of the ISET will be returned to Funder.
  • Continued funding of training depends on community plans achieving results. These results are measured and reported regularly in several categories, including the number of clients assessed for participation, the numbers that have successfully completed their training, and are employed as a direct result of training.
  • Results are captured in ARMS client management system.
  • The applicant is to report any partnerships initiated/formed in the prescribed form during the ISET.
  • Administration costs are accepted to a maximum of 10% for applicant, only if they are reasonable and directly related to the implementation of the training as part of the initiative.
  • During the final year of the ISET, MKO ISET will withhold final payment of up to 10% of the total contribution until the end of the funding period has been completed, and all accountability requirements have been met.

Guides and Forms

Go to the Documents, Guides and Forms page to find any ISET related documents you may require.

Other Funding Resources

ESDC Indigenous Child Care Programming

First Nations and Inuit Child Care Initiative (FNICCI)

Some First Nations and Inuit ISET Programs provide access to child care through the First Nations and Inuit Child Care Initiative (FNICCI).

The FNICCI provides access to quality child care services for First Nations and Inuit parents who are starting a new job or participating in a training program.

With an investment of $50 million, the FNICCI has supported over 8,500 child care spaces in 486 First Nations and Inuit communities across Canada.

Depending on your local service delivery organization, the FNICCI offers pre-school spaces and after-school programs.

Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Framework

In 2017, the Government of Canada engaged with Indigenous partners to co-develop the Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Framework (IELCC). The IELCC reflects the unique cultures, languages, traditions, values, customs and needs of First Nations, Inuit and Métis children across Canada.

Sub-Agreement Holders Community Contact Information

For the contact information of the SAH nearest you click here.

Photos from the ISET (formerly ASETS) Essential Skills for Thriving Childcare Communities Workshop, November 19-23, 2018.

ISET Success Stories

Coming soon. Stories of people who have successfully come through the ISET program.

MKO acknowledges the support and funding for its programming from the federal Government of Canada, particularly Employment & Social Development Canada.