Second Career (SC) provides laid-off, unemployed individuals with financial support and skills training to help them find employment in high-demand occupations in Ontario. The goal of this program, is to help individuals find suitable training opportunities and get started in a new field of work. Our role at VPI is to help job seekers understand and navigate the application process through information sessions and orientation workshops at our local branches. Find an upcoming session in our event calendars.

To find out if the Second Career program can help you get back to work, register for one of our upcoming Second Career events. For more information on the Second Career program, fill out an information request form or contact: 1-888-336-9500.

Upcoming Second Career Information Sessions:

Click one of the events below for more information or to register for a free Second Career information session.

Program Benefits

  • Up to $28,000 towards tuition, books, living expenses, transportation and other living and training costs
  • Additional support may be available to accommodate dependent care, costs of living away from home and academic upgrading

Applications

Applicants must be both approved by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) for Second Career and accepted by an independent training program before funded training can commence.

Training programs

Applicants must research and select their own training programs. Suitable training programs are considered to be ones that help applicants enter into high-demand industries, such as:

  • Construction
  • Mining
  • Healthcare
  • Housing
  • Power generation

Eligibility and Suitability

Participants

In order to be eligible for the Second Career program, participants must:

  • Have been laid-off on or after January 1, 2005
  • Be unemployed
  • Be a resident of Ontario
  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident legally authorized to work in Canada
  • Demonstrate local occupational demand for the skills training request