Second Career

Have you been laid off?

Come on in and take a seat and find out what’s next!

Second Career is an Ontario Government program that provides financial support to help laid-off Ontarians participate in training for a new career. Community Employment Services Algonquin College can help you take the first step!

How can you learn more?
Give us a call.

Call for more information: 613-267-1381


Community Employment Services (CES) is pleased to be a Second Career Assessment Centre. We help qualified laid off workers who are interested in re-training opportunities with their Second Career application and with developing a return to work action plan that supports their career goals.2nd Career

The Second Career program was introduced by the Ontario government in 2008 as a response to the escalating job losses in the province brought on by a severe economic downturn. The program has proven to be very popular and provides an excellent opportunity for displaced workers to pursue training for a new career.

The goal of Ontario’s Second Career program is to provide skills training in new careers to laid-off and unemployed workers, leading to sustainable employment in occupations currently in demand. The 2010 Ontario Budget announced that the government will continue to deliver Second Career by helping an additional 30,000 unemployed workers get training over the next two years. As of June 2010, Employment Ontario made changes to application guidelines that mean more laid-off Ontarians will be eligible for Second Career. The program will continue to provide financial support for tuition, books, travel and other expenses to help workers participate in a variety of training programs. Second Career is a cost- sharing grant provided on the basis of need, so you may be asked to contribute what you can to your training or education.

Is Second Career right for me?

You can apply to Second Career if you:

  • are laid off now or were laid off any time since January 2005, and
  • are unemployed or working an interim job to make ends meet,
  • and are choosing to retrain for a career that is in demand

Second Career provides help to laid-off workers in need who will benefit most from training to find work. Several factors are considered when figuring out who will receive funding. We will help applicants based on their:

  • Active job search
  • Length of unemployment
  • Education background
  • Work history
  • Labour market prospects
  • Training request
  • Experience and occupational skills

Come in and talk to one of our training consultants to find out if Second Career is a good fit for you.

Our staff will talk with you about your experience, skills and interests. They will assist you to explore the options that may be right for you. Together you can develop a personal plan to return to work.

They will help you to learn more about the variety of jobs in Ontario, and help you to choose a new career with good job prospects in our area. Once you decide on a career, you will need to show proof that the job is in demand locally or where you plan to live in Ontario. Talking to our staff is a good first step in determining if there is a need for workers in the specific job that interests you.

Under Second Career you will choose a training course from a community college or a private career college. You will need to research courses offered by at least three institutions – many provide training courses over the Internet.

You will get help to prepare and submit an application for financial assistance from Second Career.

Please remember that the Ministry’s approval for Second Career funding is separate from college acceptance. Both approvals must be obtained before you can start classes.

Make an appointment with our staff to determine your eligibility. We are ready to help you every step of the way.

Get training in Ontario

Second Career can help you train for a new career in colleges and private career colleges right across Ontario.

There are many high-demand careers to choose from, including:

Business, finance and administration

  • Bookkeepers Insurance adjusters and claims examiners
  • Legal secretaries Medical secretaries Court recorders

Careers in trades, transport and equipment and related work

  • Telecommunications line and cable workers
  • Telecommunications installation and repair workers
  • Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)
  • Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
  • Aircraft instrument, electrical and avionics mechanics, technicians and inspectors

Food services and tourism, education, and government service
Paralegal and related occupations
Community and social service workers
Instructors and teachers of persons with disabilities

Natural and applied sciences work

  • Landscape and horticulture technicians and specialists
  • Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians
  • Civil engineering technologists and technicians
  • Geological and mineral technologists and technicians
  • Meteorological technicians

Health care

  • Registered practical nurse Ambulance attendants and other paramedical occupations
  • Medical laboratory technologists and pathologists’ assistants
  • Medical laboratory technicians
  • Veterinary and animal health technologists and technicians
  • Respiratory therapists and cardiopulmonary technologists
  • Medical radiation technologists
  • Cardiology technologists
  • Opticians Dental hygienists and dental therapists
  • Dental technologists and technicians Denturists

Careers in computer and information systems

  • Computer network technicians
  • User support technicians
  • Systems testing technicians

Construction, drafting, surveying, mapping and Architecture

  • Land survey technologists and technicians
  • Mapping and related technologists and technicians
  • Drafting technologists and technicians
  • Architectural technologists and technicians
  • Industrial designers

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