The Training Unemployment Insurance (TUI) program is available to help dislocated workers, or people who are unlikely to return to their previous industry, support themselves and their families while acquiring new skills to return to the workforce and advance their careers.
Under the TUI program, dislocated workers can get training or attend school while unemployed and receiving unemployment insurance (UI) benefits. It waives the requirement to look for, or be available for, work while attending school full-time.
The TUI program does NOT provide training or funding for training.
A dislocated worker is anyone, including military veterans, who the Employment Department identifies as unlikely to return to their previous industry or occupation.
You may become dislocated due to an economic downturn, mergers and acquisitions, or company closings. For example, if you were an assembly line worker at a factory that closed due to technological advancements, you would be unlikely to return to that occupation.
Dislocated workers receive up to 26 weeks of regular unemployment insurance (UI) benefits plus any federal or state extensions that may be available.
With the TUI program, dislocated workers can attend school full-time while receiving unemployment insurance benefits without having to look for work. Participants can receive up to 26 weeks of regular unemployment insurance benefits, along with any federal or state extensions that may be available.
You can receive training from an accredited community college, university, or vocational program.
Certified TUI participants may be eligible for Supplemental Unemployment for Dislocated Workers (SUD), while attending approved training. SUD benefits may be available for up to 26 more weeks, or until your approved training ends, whichever occurs first.
To participate in TUI, you'll need to submit an application to the Oregon Employment Department. To have a valid application you must have the following within 90 days:
- Certification as a dislocated worker; or
- Termination from the dislocating employment; or
- The filing of a claim for unemployment insurance benefits;
If your application is approved, you will receive certification to participate in the TUI program. You must have a valid unemployment insurance (UI) claim to be approved for TUI.
If you are approved, you will receive the same amount of unemployment insurance benefits as you would typically receive, including any state or federal extension that may be available.
To continue receiving UI benefits while in approved training, you must:
- Attend approved training full-time each week,
- File your weekly UI claim after each week has ended, and
- Provide the Oregon Employment Department with either your grades or a certificate of completion that demonstrates satisfactory participation in the training at the end of each term.
Work Search Requirements
Until you are approved for the TUI program AND are attending training full-time, work search requirements remain.
You must be able, available, and actively seeking work each week you claim until the Oregon Employment Department notifies you that you are approved for the TUI program.
Once you are approved for the TUI program AND are attending training full-time, you are no longer required to seek work or be available for work while you are fully participating in your approved training. This exemption will continue as long as you are enrolled full-time in your approved training and have a balance on your UI benefits. If you exhaust your claim or discontinue your training, you will no longer be eligible for the TUI program.
What are the training costs?
You are responsible for the cost of your training or tuition. The TUI program does NOT provide training or funding for your training. The program only waives the requirement to look for, or be available for, work while attending school full time.
For questions about funding or training options, contact your local training provider or local WorkSource Oregon Center. You can find your local training provider at CareerOneStop or WorkSourceOregon.
For questions about the TUI program, including how to apply, call 503-947-1800 or 800-436-6191 and a TUI representative will explain the program in detail and provide you with an application if you want to apply.