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Ontario helps workers launch new careers

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Ontario is investing $355 million to help 20,000 recently laid-off workers get long-term training. The training will launch the workers into new, high-skill occupations that are in demand in their communities. The program is called Second Career.

WHO CAN APPLY?

Recently laid-off unemployed workers, those eligible to receive Employment Insurance and those who are not, are welcome to visit their nearest Employment Ontario office for more information.

WHAT HELP IS AVAILABLE?

Employment Ontario counsellors will help workers determine the best path to a new job or career. Once eligible workers decide what training they would like to do, Second Career provides financial assistance based on individual need to help cover tuition, books, living expenses, disability support, dependant care and transportation.

WHEN DOES IT START?

The program is available now. Training for a second career can take anywhere from six months to two years. Training is available for a third year if academic upgrading is needed.

WHERE DO I GET STARTED?

By phone: People can call the Employment Ontario hotline at 1-800-387-5656 for information and referral to an Employment Ontario assessment centre. Interpretation services are available for languages other than English and French, and the Deaf can dial 416-325-4084.
Online: People can find assessment centres through ontario.ca/secondcareer, which provides information about Second Career and where to go for help.
In person: The Employment Ontario network of 1,200 service providers can direct individuals to the nearly 150 assessment centres providing access to Second Career.

WHAT HAPPENS AT AN ASSESSMENT CENTRE?

People looking for work often have more job-ready skills than they realize.

Employment Ontario counsellors work with clients to identify their skills, experience and education. Counsellors will ask clients about their career goals and interests to help determine which program or service best suits the individual's needs.

Through Employment Ontario, clients can access a range of programs and services including academic upgrading, placements to develop on-the-job experience, wage subsidies, financial assistance and planning to help start a business.

Working with the client, the counsellor will prepare an individualized Return to Work Action Plan. Counsellors provide ongoing advice and case management to help clients achieve their goals.

EXAMPLES OF HOW SECOND CAREER CAN HELP PEOPLE

A forestry worker moves to a new job in mining:

  • Age 40, has Grade 12 diploma
  • Return-to-Work Action Plan identifies surveyor as long-term goal
  • Attends four-semester, two-year Mining Engineering Technician Program at a college
  • Second Career Strategy provides $28,000 towards tuition, and living and transportation allowances.

A manufacturing worker successfully moves to a skilled-trades job:

  • Age 28, completed one year of undergraduate studies
  • Return-to-Work Action Plan identifies mechanical technician as long-term goal
  • Attends four-semester, two-year Mechanical Technician Program at a college
  • Second Career strategy provides $25,000 towards tuition and living allowance.

An assembly worker successfully studies to be a medical lab technician:

  • Age 35, has Bachelor of Science from India
  • Return-to-Work Action Plan identifies medical lab technician as long-term goal
  • Attends one-year Medical Lab Technician Program at a private career college
  • Second Career Strategy provides $20,000 towards tuition, living and dependant care allowances.

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