- Industrial electricians
- Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics
- Truck drivers
- Insurance adjusters
- Medical radiation technicians
- Medical sonographers
- Paralegal and related occupations
- Community and social service workers
- Early childhood educators and assistants
- Hairstylists and barbers
- Real estate agents
As you can see from that list, there’s a good mix of careers that could be considered, and they’re not so crazy specialized that most people won’t be eligible.
Here’s some information on how the program works:
- You’re eligible if you were laid off after January 1, 2005.
- If you were laid off but then found a permanent job from which you subsequently quit or were fired, you’re not eligible for the program.
- If you have (or wish to get) a casual job to hold you over while you apply for the program, that’s no problem as long as you’re earning less than $423 per week.
You would be considered highly suitable for the program if you:
- Have been unemployed for more than 26 weeks and documented an active job search.
- Have not completed high school or have post-secondary education not recognized in Ontario.
- Have more than seven years in the same occupation.
- Request training where there is an occupational demand.
For more information and to find out if you might be eligible:
- Call the toll-free Employment Ontario hotline at 1-800-387-5656, or, for the hearing impaired, call 1-866-768-1157.
- Visit www.ontario.ca/second career.
- Visit a local Employment Ontario assessment centre.
For 2012/13, the budget for the Second Career program will allow for about 12,000 people to train for new careers. You could be one of them.