Second Career is an Ontario government program designed to provide laid-off, unemployed individuals with skills training for jobs in high-demand occupations in Ontario. Whether you wish to pursue a new career in business, science, health, media, skilled trades or another occupation, Second Career offers job training and financial support. It is a cost-sharing grant provided on the basis of individual need.
Training can be completed at public colleges and recognized private career colleges throughout Ontario. Participants have benefitted from a range of training, including certificate programs and one- and two-year diploma programs (with support for a maximum of two years). Depending on an individual’s needs, Second Career funding often supports instructional costs such as tuition, books and transportation, and may also take into consideration costs such as a basic living allowance and dependant care.
Who can apply?
Anyone who has been laid off within the last five years is eligible to apply for Second Career, including those who have taken an interim job.
Why should you consider a Second Career program?
Consider a Second Career program if further experience and certification could help you reach your personal and professional goals. A college education can help you to succeed in our faster and more technologically advanced world of work.
What is involved?
The first step is to connect with an Employment Ontario community partner such as Loyalist Community Employment Services, or other agencies in the community such as Career Edge or META Employment Services. They will provide more information and conduct an assessment of eligibility. You can attend any college that offers the program within the area of study in which you are interested.
You can meet with an advisor at Loyalist College before meeting with Employment Ontario or after being assessed. The college advisor will walk you through the process, including assessment and recognition of prior learning and experience, and provide a detailed plan of action or review your program choices.
What are the costs? Is financial assistance available?
You may incur additional costs such as books, travel and parking. The Ministry of Education assesses each student on an individual basis to determine which training costs will be covered based on individual need. Second Career students are encouraged to apply for OSAP. The staff at Loyalist’s Financial Assistance office will be happy to help you with the application process and teach you helpful budgeting skills.
Which programs should you consider for your Second Career?
At Loyalist, most certificate and diploma programs that can be completed within two academic years are eligible for Second Career funding. Loyalist offers 65 full-time programs:
Academic upgrading may be available at no cost. Programs that are not eligible for Second Career funding include all post-graduate programs, General Arts and Science and Pre-Health Science.
At Loyalist, Second Career students receive support from faculty and staff who truly care that students are getting the most out of their College experience – academically, socially and personally. Loyalist offers a number of Student Success Services, including:
- Academic Skills Centre and Peer Tutoring
- Student Success Mentors
- ACT! Academic Centre for Testing
- Mind and Wellness Services
- Aboriginal Resource Centre
- AccessAbility Centre
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