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Laid-Off Ontarians Graduating Into Second Careers

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Laid-Off Ontarians Graduating Into Second Careers

McGuinty Government Building A Highly Skilled And Educated Workforce

Ministry of Colleges and Universities

A survey of Second Career students shows that 93 per cent of students have graduated, and over 60 per cent have found jobs within an average of three months.

Second Career was launched in 2008. It is a financial assistance program that helps laid-off and unemployed workers go to college to retrain for careers in high demand sectors.  Second Career helps pay the cost of tuition, books, living expenses and other expenses associated with training for a new career.

The McGuinty government's Open Ontario plan is helping to build the most highly skilled and educated workforce in the world, giving Ontario the competitive edge in securing a strong economy for the future.  

Quick Facts

  • Since June 2008, Second Career has helped almost 36,000 laid-off workers.
  • As of May 30, 2010, 12,149 Second Career students have completed their training.
  • 86 per cent of students are satisfied or very satisfied with the government's flagship retraining program.
  • The average Second Career participant is about 40 years old, with an almost equal proportion of men and women going to school.
  • Second Career is one of a range services provided by Employment Ontario.
  • The government's Open Ontario plan will raise the number of Ontarians with a postsecondary education and training credential to 70 per cent.

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“Ontario needs everyone's skills to compete in today's global economy. We're providing laid-off workers with the opportunity to train for highly skilled jobs in sectors that need workers.”

John Milloy

Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities

“George Brown College has been an important partner in helping prepare laid-off workers for a new career in today's global economy. Through the Second Career, we are training people with the knowledge and skills our economy needs for now and the future.”

Glen Murray

MPP for Toronto Centre

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