Second Career pays for the training or education that out-of-work people require to get a new job. It provides up to $28,000 to cover tuition and expenses like:

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  • » Daily living costs
  • » Childcare
  • » Relocation
  • » Transportation
  • » Disability aid
  • » Other living and training costs

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Haliburton’s Jason Boylan lost his job in the auto-industry after 3 years of service. Boylan sought help through Second Career and was able to search for local schools and programs to study a new skill. Five months after he discovered Second Career, Jason is training for a new career in culinary management at a local college. He’s receiving a full package that includes tuition and books and he also receives a weekly living allowance.

Brantford’s James Oh couldn’t be happier with his Second Career experience: “I feel like I’m back on track, " he says. Oh had been working for a pulp and paper mill for 7 years when he was laid off. He met with an employment assessment officer who suggested the Second Career program. "It’s like I’ve been given a second chance at life," said Oh who now attends a local college where he is in training to become a police officer.

Manny Santos of Sault Ste Marie recently found himself laid off his job of nearly six years as a senior operations analyst at NCO. Santos charged ahead and encountered Second Career during his search for employment. With the help of Second Career, Manny took his interest in fixing things to a new level by pursuing a program in Mechanical Engineering Technician at his local college. He plans to receive about $16,000 in grants from Second Career program to help him complete the two-year course.


Top 10 Reasons To Consider College:
  1. WELL RECOGNIZED: Certificates, diplomas and degrees from colleges are widely recognized and valued by employers.
  2. HANDS-ON TRAINING: Colleges develop and deliver a wide variety of programming that reflects demands in the actual job market.
    • Over 90% of employers are satisfied or very satisfied with graduates’ overall college preparation, quality of work and productivity.
  4. OPPORTUNITY TO FURTHER STUDIES: Colleges provide students with opportunities to further education, including formal transfer agreements with universities.
  5. VALUE: An investment in college is an investment in your future. Over 90% of college graduates who enter the labour force are employed within 6 months of graduation.
  6. SUPPORT: Support services are available students to receive help in all areas from counseling to career placement.
  7. EXPERIENCED FACULTY: College faculty have extensive experience, strong academic credentials and teach in well-equipped labs.
  8. VARIETY: Colleges deliver a wide range of programming, from life skills upgrading to continuing, postsecondary and post-graduate education.
  9. SUCCESS: Every year colleges:
    • Graduate over 50,000 students from one to four-year post-secondary programs, serve more than 30,000 apprentices, train 16,000 in literacy and basic skills and place 27,000 young people in jobs.
  10. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: 96% of college graduates would recommend their college to others.

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* Second Career is only available to those who qualify. Visit an Employment Ontario assessment centre for your full evaluation of this opportunity.