Second Career Program Primed And Ready To Help Workers In A Changing
TORONTO, Sept. 30, 2011 /CNW/ - Ontario Liberals highly successful
Second Career program is primed and ready to help another 7,000 workers
retrain this year, Premier Dalton McGuinty said today.
"These are uncertain economic times and we know from experience that
change can come quickly," McGuinty said to at a roundtable with a group
of Second Career students at Humber College. "So, we'll continue to
help workers get the training they need through our flagship retraining
program — Second Career."
Second Career has helped reduce Ontario's unemployment rate from 9.4 to
7.5 per cent and got workers back on their feet and back to work.
Today, almost 50,000 laid-off workers have participated in retraining.
Ninety-three per cent of students have graduated with 74 per cent
finding a job within a year of graduating.
"Ontario Liberals stood up with Ontario families during the last
recession," McGuinty said. "Our opponents wanted us to cut families
loose, but instead we created this one-of-a-kind long-term retraining
program to help laid-off workers get the training and skills needed to
re-enter the workforce."
Second Career provides students with up to $28,000 to cover the cost of
tuition, books, living expenses and other expenses involved with
training for a new career in high demand sectors. Before Second
Career, laid-off workers could only receive support for short-term
"Ontarians need a steady hand at the tiller. Families deserve a
government that is willing to stand up with them, to help see them
through the rough patches, and willing to make the investments in their
future," McGuinty said. "I'm proud of our government's record on
helping workers get back on their feet."
Both the Hudak PCs and the Horwath NDP voted against the Second Career
program. The Hudak PCs have $ 14 billion in unfunded giveaways and tax
cuts that would mean deep cuts to hospitals and schools. The Horwath
NDP would introduce a crushing $9 billion in job-killing taxes. Both
would take us off track at the worst time.
Only the Ontario Liberals have a plan, the experience and the leadership
to keep Ontario on track in perilous times in the global economy. And
only Ontario Liberals can be counted on to keep what we've built
together intact — our strong schools, hospitals and services — while
moving Ontario forward. Together.
SOURCE Ontario Liberal Party
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