TCT commends the provincial government's new Second Career program to help laid-off workers find new career opportunities. The program will help unemployed workers who commit to a long-term training plan, making the transition to new careers in growing areas of the economy.
Second Career can help an applicant with the costs of tuition, books, living expenses and other costs associated with the training to build skills for a new career. TCT will play an essential part in the success of the Second Career program by delivering high-quality, diploma/ certificate programs that prepare people for lifelong employment in meaningful careers.
Second Career Advising Services at TCT
Please direct your Second Career inquiries to TCT Advising Services, a comprehensive service committed to helping you achieve your skills-training goals.
Any one of our advisors would be delighted to help you complete your training research document
What is Second Career?
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Second Career is an Ontario government program that offers training for a new job, including financial support.
Second Career provides career planning and financial support specially designed to help laid-off Ontarians participate in long-term training for a new job.
Second Career was launched in June 2008 to help laid-off Ontarians identify and train for new careers in growing sectors. Each participant can receive up to $28,000 to help pay for tuition, travel, books and other training costs.
Who is eligible for Second Career funding?
Eligible individuals are those who have been laid-off on or after January 1, 2005—including EI active claimants, EI “reachbacks,” and non-EI-eligible individuals—who require skills training for employment in demand occupations in Ontario.
“Laid-Off Worker” is an individual who has been laid off on or after January 1, 2005, including someone who:
is still unemployed.
has taken one or more interim jobs to make ends meets but is currently unemployed.
has taken one or more interim jobs to make ends meets and is currently employed in such a job.
is on salary continuance. (Salary continuance is an alternative to providing a laid-off worker with pay in lieu of notice or severance. The employees receive their salary as per the regular pay schedule for a designated period and they may receive some or all of their benefits as well.)
is on severance. (Severance is a lump sum entitlement paid to an employee upon termination of employment. Severance compensates the employee for loss of seniority and job related benefits.)
“Interim job to make ends meet” is a job that a laid-off individual has been compelled to take while seeking better employment. The job must have a lower wage and/or a lower skill level compared to the original layoff job. These jobs may be full-time, part-time, seasonal, or contract work.
What are the new guidelines for Second Career?
Beginning November 20, 2009, changes to Second Career will focus the program on helping laid-off and unemployed Ontarians in need who will benefit most from training to find work. Ontario's Fall Economic Statement announced funding of $294.7 million to support employment and training programs, including Second Career.
Priority will be given to applicants who:
- Are gaining new skills for a high-demand occupation
- Have been unemployed for a long period of time
- Have a high-school education or less, or postsecondary education credentials that are not recognized in Ontario
- Are working toward a college certificate, diploma or license
Applicants will also be assessed on financial need and may be asked to contribute to their training.
Program changes mean greater flexibility for Ontario families. Second Career participants will now be allowed to attend school on a part-time basis.
Applicants must demonstrate that the career they want to train for is one that is in demand.
In order to simplify the delivery of Employment Ontario programs, the new guidelines apply to both Second Career and Ontario Skills Development participants. Ontarians can still apply for short-term or long-term training.
Second Career Information
Information about how to access the Second Career program in your area may be found by calling the toll-free Employment Ontario hotline at 1-800-387-5656, or (416) 326-5656 in Toronto, by clicking here.
For Second Career Assessment Center, please click here.
For Second Career FAQ, please click here.
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