Second Career provides laid off workers with skills training for high demand occupations in Ontario and financial support. Several factors are considered when figuring out who will receive funding. We will help applicants based on their: active job search, length of employment, education background, work history, labour market prospects, training request, experience and occupational skills.
If you are laid off or have been laid off since January 2005, are unemployed or working an interim job, are choosing to retrain for a career that is in demand.
You can apply for one training program at a time. Support for additional training may be available ie. Academic upgrading or prerequisites you may need before entering a skills training program.
Cost sharing grant may be provided on the basis of need, so you may be asked to contribute to your training. Second Career provides up to $28,000.00 for tuition, books, manuals/workbooks, transportation, basic living allowance, additional supports for people with disabilities, dependent care, costs of living away from home and academic upgrading.
For more information on Second Career clients are encouraged to contact an Employment Counsellor about Second Career. Contact should be made with an Employment Counsellor at least 4 – 6 weeks prior to the start date and to see if you are eligible or you can refer to the Ministry of Training, Colleges & Universities website at www.tcu.gov.on.ca