Indigenous Skills and Employment Training (ISET)

Contact:   Justine Maloney, Employment & Economic Development director

Through the Indigenous Skills and Employment Training Program (ISET) the Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association & Native Women’s Association of Canada provides employment and training support services to Indigenous Women and gender-diverse individuals across the province.  Our employment and training services provide Indigenous women with the opportunity to gain meaningful and sustainable work by meeting current labour market demands. 

Eligible Clientele:

Eligible clientele are Indigenous women and Indigenous 2SLGBTQQIA people (First Nation, Inuit and Metis) who are 15 years of age or older. Individuals seeking funding support must be unemployed, under-employed or able to demonstrate an immediate risk of being unemployed.

PROGRAM Supports


Individual Training Purchases (ITP):

  • The Individual Training Purchases assists clients in obtaining the skills they need for employment. The ITP provides clients with financial assistance to help pay for the cost of skills training courses, programs, living allowance, supplies, and childcare.

Self-Employment Benefits (SEB):

  • The Self-Employment Benefits (SEB) program provides financial support to clients pursing self- employment. Consideration is made for expenses related to start-up cost, including the development of business plans.

Group Training/Special Projects:

  • The group training / special projects provide funding to support customized training opportunities for employment skills and work experience through community based projects, focused on community needs.


On the Job Training:

  • Creating partnerships with employers to offer temporary funding as an incentive to off-set the cost of a client’s wages. This will allow employers to hire clients for a unique on the job work experience tailored to the individual client’s skill set, education and previous work experience. This offers clients a paid work experience to improve their long-term employment prospects.

Partnership Building

NSNWA has created partnerships with private and public sector employers who are committed to employing Indigenous women.  These partnerships provide Indigenous women with the appropriate education, training and mentorships to secure meaningful employment in a demand driven skill sector.

ISETS Application Form