More Laid-Off Workers To Get Second Career Training



    McGuinty Government Expands Opportunities To Keep Ontarians Working

    TORONTO, Oct. 24 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Ontario is expanding access to Second Career so more laid-off workers can
get skills training for high-demand jobs in their communities.
    Second Career was launched in June 2008 to help laid-off Ontarians
identify and train for new careers in growing sectors. These new enhancements
allow more laid-off workers to participate and take advantage of the training
opportunities available, and build new skills for the careers of the future.
    As of November 10, 2008, the guidelines for Second Career will be
expanded to include:

    
    -  Workers laid off as far back as January 1, 2005
    -  Laid-off workers who have taken an interim job to make ends meet
    -  Short term training options (less than six months) for laid-off
       workers who are not eligible for Employment Insurance
    -  Potential additional financial assistance to cover expenses for the
       cost of academic upgrading, living away from home while participating
       in training, and dependent care.
    

    Investing in skills training is a key part of the government's five-point
economic plan (http://www.premier.gov.on.ca/economicplan/Default.asp?Lang=EN)
- an economic stimulus that is helping individuals and families through the
foreseen weakening economy.

    QUOTES

    "The enhancements to Second Career are about ensuring more Ontarians have
the opportunities and skills for success, so that they are working in
well-paying jobs in a period of economic uncertainty," said John Milloy,
Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities. "Our government will continue
to invest in skills and knowledge and to support Ontario families through a
time of economic change."

    QUICK FACTS

    
    -  Through Second Career, announced in the 2008 Budget, Ontario is
       investing $355 million to help 20,000 laid-off workers make the
       transition to well-paying jobs.

    -  Second Career is a key part of the $2 billion Skills to Jobs Action
       plan that includes a number of employment assistance programs offered
       through Employment Ontario.

    -  Since 2003, the Ontario economy has created more than half a million
       net new jobs.

    -  Employment Ontario provides training and employment services to almost
       one million people annually.
    

    LEARN MORE

    Learn about Second Career (http://www.ontario.ca/secondcareer).

    Learn about Employment Ontario
    (http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/tcu/etlanding.html).

    Read the fall Economic Statement
    (http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/english/media/2008/nr10-fes1.html).

    
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               ONTARIO GOVERNMENT HELPS MORE LAID-OFF WORKERS
                             LAUNCH NEW CAREERS
    

    Ontario's Fall Economic Statement announced enhancements to the Second
Career program to allow more Ontario workers who have been laid off to take
advantage of long-term training opportunities and build new skills for the
careers of the future.
    Announced in the 2008 Ontario Budget, Second Career helps people who have
been laid-off identify and train for careers that are in demand in their
community.
    Through Second Career, Ontario is investing $355 million to help 20,000
recently laid-off workers get long-term training that will launch them into
new occupations. Under the original program criteria, unemployed workers who
had been laid off within the last year were eligible for assistance.
    Effective November 10, 2008, changes to Second Career will include:

    
    -  Workers laid off as far back as January 1, 2005
    -  Laid-off workers who have taken an interim job to make ends meet
    -  Short term training options (less than six months) for laid-off
       workers who are not eligible for Employment Insurance
    -  Potential additional financial assistance to cover expenses for the
       cost of academic upgrading, living away from home while participating
       in training, and dependent care.
    

    Second Career (http://www.ontario.ca/secondcareer) is part of a
$2 billion, three-year Skills to Jobs Action Plan announced in the 2008 Budget
(http://ontariobudget.ca/english). The program can be accessed through the
Employment Ontario (http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/tcu/etlanding.html) network
that provides a range of employment and training programs and services.
    Ontario continues to make key strategic investments that support five
core economic principles: investing in infrastructure; investing in
innovation; partnering with business; reducing business costs; investing in
skills and knowledge.

    
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For further information:

For further information: Annette Phillips, Minister's Office, (416)
326-5748; Greg Flood, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2746

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