Training and skills development

89.5% of workers agree their case manager does a good job of involving them in planning their care and return to work.

The best plans are those that reflect your needs, your input and your goals.

We want to help you recover and return to work so you can get back to your normal life and independence. In helping you develop a good return-to-work plan, we are committed to making every reasonable effort to help you succeed in your job search.

There are many ways we can help you return to work. We can provide:

  • Full financial support while you actively search for a suitable position.
  • Coaching and support during your active job search.
  • Sponsorship of part-time, short-term, or full-time academic programs.
  • Sponsorship of training-on-the-job programs with your existing or a new employer.
  • Wage loss top up benefits if you are unable to secure a position that pays the same amount you were making at the time of your accident as a result of your injury or illness.

Our first focus is to help you return to your employer. Additional employment services depend on the severity of your injury/illness as well as the impact it has on your ability to return to your job and income.

If you are not able to return to your date-of-accident job or employer and a job change is needed, we can help you. Your case manager will talk to you about your options and opportunities; and may offer a referral to a contracted service provider to help you explore new job options in more detail. There you will work with a dedicated vocational specialist (an expert in job preparation and coaching) to determine which job options work best for you.

We offer financial support for you.

While you are exploring your new future, you are entitled to wage replacement benefits – equivalent to your full compensation rate – during the three steps listed below.

Step 1: Intro to job planning (Getting to know you)

The vocational specialist will take time to get to know you, your skills, work experience and work interests to help you identify new job opportunities that support your safe re-entry into the workforce. As a team, you, the vocational specialist and your case manager may identify opportunities for some skill development (like computer classes) and job research to understand what jobs are out there that are suitable for you. This process takes time but will help you prepare to define a job target to pursue once you are fit to resume employment safely.

Step 2: Job planning (Choosing a job)

During this step you will continue to work with a dedicated vocational specialist who will help you determine the types of job you should be applying for based on your skills and strengths. You will be offered a variety of employment services to help you build your skills even further. Your vocational specialist will:

  • Help you identify the kinds of jobs best suited to your skills and interests.
  • Assess possible training opportunities you might need to get the job you want.
  • Explain how your wage replacement benefits are set once this 3-step process is complete and you have secured employment or what happens if you have not secured employment.
We have access to labour market research to help inform your job search. This research shows the demands of various jobs to ensure it is safe to do given your recovery needs.

Step 3: Supported job search (Looking for a job)

Part of the vocational support available to you is a financially supported job search, combined with coaching on job search techniques, interview skills and more. With the help of the vocational specialist, you will have selected a job goal to pursue. With this goal in mind, you may begin an active job search with the encouragement and expertise of the vocational provider to help you along the way.

A supported job search typically lasts up to 16 weeks (approx. 4 months).

Not all injured workers will experience the same path to a successful job search. Some may need a little more support in the form of time and/or additional resources (like one-on-one coaching). WCB and your vocational service provider will review your personal circumstances and may determine you need more time to succeed with your job search.

It is possible for WCB to extend financial support for your job search if your job search has not generated any viable job leads and/or if you have not secured a job, and

  • Your regional unemployment rate is 6% or higher and/or,
  • Your return to work is complicated by one of four personal circumstances (like your level of education).

We want to help you succeed. Your case manager will be happy to answer any questions you have about employment services you may be eligible for.

Resources

Employer Training-on-the-Job (TOJ) Program Fact Sheet
Learn more about the Training-on-the-Job program from an employer perspective.


Worker Training-on-the-Job (TOJ) Program Fact Sheet
Learn more about the Training-on-the-Job program from a worker perspective.

Personal circumstances that influence finding a job fact sheet
Learn more about personal circumstances that influence finding a job.

Supported job search benefits fact sheet
Learn more about supported job search benefits.

Supported job search benefits fact sheet – regional unemployment rate
Learn more about supported job search benefits and regional unemployment rates.