The Second Career Program
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