Experience Counts

Experience Counts

Experience Counts is a 16-week program for unemployed Saskatchewan residents who want to gain the skills, contacts and confidence needed to make a successful transition back to work. Priority will be given to individuals over the age of 55, however, individuals over the age of 50 may be considered if seats are available. 

Tuition and books are covered for eight weeks of classroom-based training where you will learn job search techniques, employability skills training and build fundamental computer skills. Following the classroom training, you will participate in an 8-week work placement.

Upcoming intakes

The anticipated session dates for 2023-24 are:

  • October 16, 2023 – February 9, 2024*
  • March 4 – June 21, 2024*

*Individuals outside of Regina may have the option to attend virtually (based on demand and available seats). 

Program information

Experience Counts is a targeted initiative for older workers (TIOW) funded by Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Immigration and Career Training. 

During your eight weeks of classroom-based training you will:

  • Explore the four major aspects of life planning and career decision-making
  • Assess your skills, interests, values and personal style
  • Build fundamental digital/computer and keyboarding skills
  • Develop the tools you need to conduct a successful job search, including a professional resume and interviewing skills
  • Research the occupations and jobs that most interest you
  • Participate in supported job search activities and basic career services
  • Develop confidence in a supportive environment
  • Explore hidden talents, personal interests networking with employers

Following the classroom-based training, you will participate in an 8-week work placement.

What's included

You'll receive:

  • Free tuition
  • Textbooks and/or access to online course materials

Not included:

  • Bus passes or parking fees
  • Living expenses

This program is eligible for the Education and Training Incentive (ETI); however, you must be eligible for Saskatchewan Income Support (SIS) in order to be eligible for ETI.


Experience Counts graduates may be found in a broad range of occupations and roles, from entry level to professional.  The career you target will depend on your qualifications, skills, interests, and the opportunities currently available in your labour market.

Graduates of Experience Counts have worked in some of the following industries:  Administration, finance, government, health care, labour, not for profit, public sector and retail.

To be considered you must:

  • Be unemployed or working less than full-time
  • Targeted for individuals over the age of 55; all those over 50 may be considered
  • Be legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Be a Saskatchewan resident
  • If English is your additional language, have at least a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 6
  • Have attended an information session and completed pre-project assessments

Step one: Experience Counts intake

Register for and attend an information session. 

If you require additional information before registering for an information session, please contact us.

Step two: Submit requested forms

  • A resume, if developed
  • English language proficiency requirements, if applicable

Step three: Intake interview

If you want to proceed with the application process after attending an information session, we will contact you to arrange an intake interview. Priority will be given to individuals over the age of 55, however, individuals over the age of 50 may be contacted if seats are available. 

Would you like more information about Experience Counts? Attend an information session which includes a presentation and Q&A.

In-person sessions

The in-person information sessions are intended for participants located in Regina and surrounding areas.

  • Thursday, September 14, 2023, at 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 20, 2023, at noon.
  • Wednesday, September 27, 2023, at 10 a.m.

Please register for the information session by emailing career.enhancement@saskpolytech.ca or calling 306-775-7467. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about location and parking.

Contact us

Please call 306-775-7467 or email career.enhancement@saskpolytech.ca.

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