Laid off in Ontario? A New Career Opportunity Starts Here
So what is Second Career? Second Career is an Ontario government funded program which allows individuals who have had an established layoff in their last position worked (on or after January 1, 2005), a chance to retrain in a college level program for up to two years. This program is set up to assist with training costs for up to $28,000 to support tuition, transportation, books, and other training-related costs. There are also possible additional funds for those individuals who have a disability or for those individuals who may require academic upgrading before starting their college level course.
Now that you know about Second Career, you may be wondering how you can go about moving forward with this program? The first step is finding an Employment Service office in your area and set up an appointment with an Employment Counsellor. The Employment Counsellor meets with you to better understand your work history, education and training, your skills, and what your interests are. By providing all this information, your Employment Counsellor, together with you, can make the best decisions in selecting re-training options that have good employment prospects for your future! Unsure what course to re-train in? There are career assessment workshops available that look at your skills, abilities and interests right now.
Second Career gives individuals the opportunity to re-train anywhere in Ontario at either a registered community college or private college. Not sure what to take and what career has good employment prospects? Start with career research by looking at a few Government sites which will provide you with labour market information for all careers. A few suggested websites are:
Once you have figured out what career you would like to retrain in with your Employment Counsellor, prepare and submit an application for financial assistance from Second Career.
Still have more questions? There is a toll-free hotline from Employment Ontario set up to assist with any questions- 1-800-387-5656, or for the hearing impaired, 1-866-533-6339. You can also go online to the government's official web site containing information about the second career program
Employment Service Centres in your area will be able to further assist you on this topic. You can search for your local service provider here.
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