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The Second Career Program

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The Second Career Program

Ministry of Colleges and Universities

Since June 2008, Second Career has helped almost 36,000 laid-off workers go to school and train for a new job in a high demand sector.

Thousands of Second Career students responded to a government survey conducted in January and August 2010.  Survey participants completed training on or before May 31, 2010.  More than half of Second Career students had a Grade 12 education or less when they entered the program.  Ontarians with postsecondary education have a higher rate of employment than those who do not continue beyond high school.

Second Career Graduate Survey Results:

  •  93 per cent of Second Career students completed training
  •  61 per cent of Second Career graduates found new jobs  
  •  86 per cent of graduates were satisfied or very satisfied with the government's Second Career program
  •  The average length of training was nine months with average funding approximately $17,500
  •  61 per cent of women and 60 per cent of men were employed
  •  Average age of Second Career graduate was 43 for women and 42 for men
  •  Women represented 48 per cent of Second Career graduates
  •  Of respondents working full time, the average salary was $40,740
  •  Top training occupations chosen by Second Career students include bookkeeper, heavy equipment operator, truck driver, community and social service worker and gasfitter.
  • Top sectors from which Second Career students were previously laid off include assemblers and inspectors, labourers in manufacturing and utilities, motor vehicle assemblers, inspectors and testers

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