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Technical Certificates Eligible for Second Career Funding


Second Career Can Help You Retrain and Re-enter the Job Market  

Second Career, an Ontario Government initiative, developed to fund eligible laid-off workers get skills training to help find jobs in high-demand occupations in Ontario. The Second Career grant covers such things as tuition, books, transportation, and a basic living expenses.

Changes to the Second Career Program

With changes made to the newly reinstated Second Career program priority will be given to those individuals who have been left unemployed or laid off because of COVID-19 and want to retrain for jobs in sectors that have good potential for future employment. Qualified applicants can receive up to $28,000 in financial help with tuition, books and supplies, transportation and living expenses associated with their education

Second Career focuses on supporting training programs that take 52 weeks or less, including micro-credential programs.

GBCTechTraining Programs

The Automation, Electronics, Electromechanical, PLC, PLC II and Robotics Technician Certificate programs are eligible to be fast-tracked, meaning qualified applicates will be able to receive their funding and start their training sooner.

Key Information

  • Do I qualify for Second Career Funding?
  1. You have been laid off and have not been working
  2. You have been laid off and are working a temporary job just to cover costs.

Please note, if you are receiving Employment Insurance (EI), or have in the past, you can still apply.

  •  When you are ready to apply
  1. Visit your local Employment Ontario assessment centre to be assessed as Second Career eligible and to develop a Return-to-Work Action Plan. Please visit: FEATS ( Click on ‘Training and Upgrading’ and then ‘Second Career’, enter your postal code and you will get a list of service providers in your area. 
  2. Select a GBCTechTraining Certificate program. Our Program Consultants can answer your questions about the Technical certificate programs; from identifying which is best suited for you, to necessary prerequisites, to understanding how simulation software is integrated into the curriculum.
  3. Attend a Second Career information session to learn more about the Second Career application process and have your questions answered. 
  4. Once you have been assessed as Second Career eligible, by an Employment Ontario Officier, and have selected a GBCTechTraining Certificate program, contact the college’s Second Career advisor to receive a Second Career cost estimate which you will need to attach to your Second Career application. Contact: Kevin Ferrie

For general information about the Second Career initiative, visit the Ontario Second Career Government website.

If you are interested in leaning more about a career in manufacturing and exploring the Technical Certificate programs, contact a Program Consultant toll-free at 1-888-553-5333 or email us at

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