Retraining programs for jobless

Posted on January 22, 2009 in Debates, Education Debates, Inclusion Debates – Opinion/letter – Retraining programs for jobless
January 22, 2009

Re:Skills program enrolment up, Jan. 17

Second Career was launched by the Ontario government in June, 2008 to address a demand for long-term training. Until Second Career, government programs offered only short-term training, usually six months or less, and were aimed at getting people back into the workforce as quickly as possible. No consideration was given to long-term training to develop the high level of skill required in many occupations today.

Second Career is one of many programs and services Ontario has in place to help people find work. Many people choose an alternative. Over the last six months, more than 11,000 Ontarians have signed up for various government retraining programs through Employment Ontario, including the 4,000 who are currently participating in Second Career.

Ontario will continue to provide assistance to Ontario families hurt by the current economic downturn by offering laid-off workers a range of short- and long-term training programs.

Employment Ontario offers a broad range of supports for people looking for work. Information on all our programs and services can be found at mentontario or by calling the Employment Ontario hotline at 1-800-387-5656.

John Milloy, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities

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