Kansas Unemployment Job Training
Approved training is any training program found by the Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL) to meet approved training guidelines. Training must be vocational or technical in nature and short-term (typically less than two years) to be considered for “approved training.” It includes training programs authorized under the Workforce Investment Act of 1998. All requests for approved training must be submitted on an individual basis by the claimant. KDOL will determine if the training qualifies as approved training. Under specific circumstances, classes or training may be certified as “approved training” and qualify you for additional approved training benefits. Approved training also applies to Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) participants enrolled in and approved for training.
For training to be designated “approved training,” you must establish a demonstrated need for the training – which means showing that the training will enhance your opportunity for an early return to employment. For this reason, decisions regarding approved training are specific to each claimant, dependent upon your existing skills, work experience and job prospects for the type of training being sought. In addition, approved training must be training that will lead to employment as opposed to self-employment. You must continue to look for work every week you are unemployed unless otherwise directed by KDOL.
A brochure with information about approved training is available here.
If you wish to file for approved training, complete the School Attendance/Approved Training Application request form found online. The form must be completed and returned to KDOL so that a determination can be made. The only way to know if you are eligible is to submit the form. The form can be submitted up to 30 days prior to the date classes are scheduled to begin. You must be enrolled in classes, with a starting date that is before the end of your benefit year, to be eligible for the additional approved training benefits. KDOL will issue a determination notifying you of your eligibility for approved training.
If you are approved for training under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), you must complete the School Attendance/Approved Training Application request form (page one only) and submit the WIA approval letter with the completed request form. KDOL will approve the WIA training and waive the requirement that you seek work provided you make satisfactory progress while in approved training.
The amount of weekly benefit payments will be the same if you receive additional approved training benefits. The additional approved training benefits will be paid at the same weekly amount as your regular unemployment benefits. The total amount of benefits available will be the same as on your regular unemployment claim. The additional approved training benefits can only be paid while you are attending an approved training course and only after all other benefits have exhausted.