The Ontario government has announced an update to its Second Career Program designed to support people looking to transform their lives and pursue careers in a new industry.
“If you’re prepared to put in the work, time, and effort to learn the skills that will help you land a good job to support yourself and your family, our government is prepared to put in the money and give you every opportunity to see it through.”
Applicants may be awarded up to $28,000 to cover tuition and other relevant expenses including childcare, disability-related support or accommodation near their training. Eligible programs include those running 52 weeks or less–including BrainStation bootcamps.
“Ontario is facing the greatest labour shortage in a generation, especially in important industries like technology,” Ontario Minister of Labour, Training & Skills Development Monte McNaughton told BrainStation.
“We know meaningful careers provide people with purpose and the tools to build better lives for themselves, strong families, and stronger communities for us all. That is why our government is doubling down on successful programs such as Second Career, which provide people with the support they need to get training and skills for well-paying jobs in this sector.”
This new announcement will see an additional $5 million invested into Second Career, potentially allowing thousands of Ontarians new access to the resources and programs they need to learn new skills and find lifelong jobs.
“If you’re prepared to put in the work, time, and effort to learn the skills that will help you land a good job to support yourself and your family, our government is prepared to put in the money and give you every opportunity to see it through,” Ontario Minister of Finance Peter Bethlenfalvy told BrainStation.
“That’s why we are planning to expand the Second Career Program to offer much better access for those whose employment barriers may have been made worse by the pandemic.”
With a focus on helping students enter the technology industry and prepare for a digital future, BrainStation’s 12-week career transformation bootcamps provide hands-on, comprehensive training for several in-demand digital skill sets, including data, product, development, design and digital marketing.
BrainStation’s Career Success Team also helps graduates prepare for their career search with industry networking opportunities, resume and application support, mock interviews, and more. Graduates join a deep, global network of BrainStation alumni increasing their access to career opportunities and professional development.
“Ontario is facing the greatest labour shortage in a generation, especially in important industries like technology.”
Courses are offered both online and in-person at our downtown Toronto campus, led by skilled educators at the top of their respective fields. Second Career can help you cover the costs of enrolling in a BrainStation bootcamp that will prepare you for a new role in software engineering, web development, digital marketing, UX design, data science, and more.
BrainStation has an extensive network of over 6,500 hiring partners, including Google, Microsoft, Walmart, Shopify, Deloitte, Accenture, Home Depot, Manulife, RBC, and many more. In all, more than 90% of BrainStation graduates have found employment within six months of graduation and successfully transformed their careers. Learn more about the benefits of a BrainStation bootcamp here.
Review the Second Career eligibility requirements here.
The Impact of Second Career
Second Career was revamped in late 2020 to prioritize helping those who lost their jobs due to the pandemic. In total, $77 million was earmarked to support those looking to transform their careers, and since that update, the number of people accessing the program has increased by 71%
Since the start of 2021, nearly 4,000 Ontarians have taken advantage of the Second Career Program to transform their lives and learn the skills they need to find in-demand long-term jobs and impact their families and communities.
First launched in 2008, the Second Career program has impacted over 117,000 people and helped them train for new careers and change their lives.
“As companies and jobs flock to Ontario, we want to ensure that our workers are trained to have the skills needed for these jobs of the future,” said Premier Doug Ford. “We are investing in our workers as we build an Ontario that leaves nobody behind.”