Open House Marks More Access To Second Career

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Open House Marks More Access To Second Career

Ministry of Colleges and Universities

McGuinty Government Expands Opportunities To Keep Ontarians Working
TORONTO, Nov. 10 /CNW/ -
NEWS
Effective today, Ontario has expanded access to Second Career to help more laid-off workers get skills training for high-demand jobs in their communities.
The recently announced changes to Second Career were highlighted today at an open house at Niagara College. These changes will mean more laid-off workers can take advantage of the training opportunities available and build new skills for the careers of the future.
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As of today, Second Career:
- Includes workers laid off as far back as January 1, 2005
- Includes laid-off workers who have taken an interim job to make ends
meet
- Offers short term training options (less than six months) for laid-
off workers who are not eligible for Employment Insurance
- Provides additional financial assistance in some instances to cover
expenses for the cost of academic upgrading, living away from home
while participating in training, and dependent care.
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Investing in skills training is a key part of the government's five-point economic plan (http://www.premier.gov.on.ca/economicplan/Default.asp?Lang=EN) - an economic stimulus that is helping families and businesses deal with the challenges of today's economy.
QUOTES
"We've expanded access to Second Career so that more Ontarians have the opportunities and skills for success, and are working in well-paying jobs in a period of economic uncertainty," said John Milloy, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities.
"Second Career is providing the tools, technology and resources needed to get workers in our communities back into well paying jobs", said St. Catharines MPP Jim Bradley.
"Retraining programs like Second Career are essential to helping laid-off workers succeed in the workplace and meet the changing needs of our community" said Niagara Falls MPP Kim Craitor.
"We applaud the government for recognizing the importance of retraining unemployed workers in ways that go far beyond the short-term solution of finding 'a job', but go on to address the long-term futures of the individuals and the important needs of our economy," said Dan Patterson, Niagara College President. "Moreover, Second Career recognizes the crucial role colleges play in creating a skilled workforce and fuelling a competitive Ontario economy."
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QUICK FACTS
- Through Second Career, announced in the 2008 Budget, Ontario is
investing $355 million to help 20,000 laid-off workers make the
transition to well-paying jobs.
- Second Career is a key part of the $2 billion Skills to Jobs Action
plan that includes a number of employment assistance programs offered
through Employment Ontario.
- Since 2003, the Ontario economy has created more than half a million
net new jobs.
- Employment Ontario provides training and employment services to
almost one million people annually.
LEARN MORE
Learn about Second Career (http://www.ontario.ca/secondcareer).
Learn about Employment Ontario
(http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/tcu/etlanding.html).
Read the fall Economic Statement
(http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/english/media/2008/nr10-fes1.html).
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BACKGROUNDER
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ONTARIO GOVERNMENT HELPS MORE LAID-OFF WORKERS
LAUNCH NEW CAREERS
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Ontario's Fall Economic Statement announced enhancements to the Second Career program to allow more Ontario workers who have been laid off to take advantage of long-term training opportunities and build new skills for the careers of the future.
Announced in the 2008 Ontario Budget, Second Career helps people who have been laid-off identify and train for careers that are in demand in their community.
Through Second Career, Ontario is investing $355 million to help 20,000 recently laid-off workers get long-term training that will launch them into new occupations. Under the original program criteria, unemployed workers who had been laid off within the last year were eligible for assistance.
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Effective today, Second Career includes:
- Workers laid off as far back as January 1, 2005
- Laid-off workers who have taken an interim job to make ends meet
- Short term training options (less than six months) for laid-off
workers who are not eligible for Employment Insurance
- Potential additional financial assistance to cover expenses for the
cost of academic upgrading, living away from home while participating
in training, and dependent care.
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Second Career (http://www.ontario.ca/secondcareer) is part of a $2-billion, three-year Skills to Jobs Action Plan announced in the 2008 Budget (http://ontariobudget.ca/english). The program can be accessed through the Employment Ontario (http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/tcu/etlanding.html) network, which provides a range of employment and training programs and services.
Ontario continues to make key strategic investments that support five core economic principles: investing in infrastructure; investing in innovation; partnering with business; reducing business costs; investing in skills and knowledge.
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For further information: Annette Phillips, Minister's Office, (416) 326-5748; Greg Flood, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2746