What is Second Career and is it for me?

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Second Career is a program for recently laid-off, unemployed workers for which long-term skills training is the most appropriate intervention to transition them into high-skill, high demand occupations in the local labour market.

You must come into the LEAP office to apply.

  • First, you will have an intake and assessment completed during which an Employment Advisor will assess your suitability for this program.

To be eligible for Second Career you must:

  • have been laid off on or after, January 1, 2005;
  • be unemployed or working an interim job as defined by Second Career;
  • be a resident of Ontario
  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident legally authorized to work in Canada; and
  • demonstrate occupational demand for the skills training request with evidence of good employment prospects locally or within Ontario

Several factors, including additional eligibility criteria, are considered when the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development determines who will receive funding. LEAP is here to assist you with the application process, but does not determine if you will receive funding. 

The following are all important components that applicants must identify, research and demonstrate as part of their application process. Once their application is completed, their Employment Advisor will submit it to the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development for review and approval.

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