Second Careers For Ontario Workers



    McGuinty Government Helps Workers Retrain For New Jobs

    TORONTO, June 5 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Ontarians now have a new way to train for a second career.
    The new Second Career (http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/tcu/secondcareer)
program helps workers who have been laid off and unemployed within the last
year to find new careers. Workers can learn to transfer their skills to other
in-demand fields, such as mining and health care.
    Second Career also assists workers with tuition, books, living expenses
and other costs toward retraining. Training can take anywhere from six months
to two years. An additional year will be available when academic upgrading is
needed.
    Ontario's manufacturing sector has been hit hard by rising oil prices, a
strong dollar and a slowdown in the U.S. economy, and some workers are losing
their jobs. The McGuinty government is committed to helping displaced workers
and affected communities get back on their feet. Second Career gives workers
across Ontario the tools they need to succeed.
    Second Career starts now. Those who want to apply can visit their nearest
Employment Ontario (http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/tcu/search.html) assessment
centre, or call the Hotline at 1-800-387-5656.

    QUOTES

    "Ontario workers are among the most skilled and best educated in the
world. Second Career helps our people retrain and find a new job," said
Premier McGuinty.

    "Ontario needs everyone's skills to compete in today's global economy. So
we're providing recently laid-off workers with the opportunity to train for
highly skilled jobs in other sectors that need workers," said John Milloy,
Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities.

    QUICK FACTS

    
    -   Over 467,000 jobs have been created in Ontario since October 2003.
        Nearly 80 per cent are full-time positions.
    -   More than 52,000 Ontarians became self-employed in 2007, up
        5.6 per cent from the previous year.

    LEARN MORE

    Find out what jobs are in demand
    (http://www.ontariojobfutures.ca/employment_trends.html) in Ontario.

    See if you have what it takes to start your own business
    (http://www.sbe.gov.on.ca/ontcan/sbe/en/st_yrguide1_en.jsp).

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