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Second Career Application Process for Full-time and Micro-credential Programs

The Second Career program is one that strives to support people in their goal of rejoining the workforce in as timely a manner as possible. The program will allow individuals to join training programs that take 52 weeks (one year) or less to complete – this includes micro-credential programs offered through the Continuing and Professional Studies.

The Second Career initiative requires two separate applications:

  1. A Second Career FUNDING application completed with an Employment Consultant:

    Employment Ontario requires individuals to attend a mandatory government information session, which covers the funding portion of Second Career. For general information about the Second Career initiative, please visit the Second Career government website.

  2. A COLLEGE application completed through:

    A. For full-time programs apply through ontariocolleges.ca: To support you in your Second Career application process, it is highly recommended that individuals attend a Second Career Information Session hosted by Sheridan which covers the college application process.

    B. For micro-credentials programs: Here is a helpful guide on how to register: https://caps.sheridancollege.ca/student-guide/how-to-register.aspx

Second Career FUNDING application

Are you eligible to apply for Second Career funding?

Please note that the Ontario government determines who is eligible to apply for Second Career funding through the EMPLOYMENT ONTARIO Community Employment Service Provider offices (the addresses of the offices in the Sheridan area are noted on our Employment Agencies web page).

If you have not already done so, please review the list to find an office close to your home and make an appointment to talk with an Employment Consultant. Only an Employment Consultant can determine your eligibility to apply for Second Career funding.

If you have already selected a program and have been approved to apply for Second Career funding, please review Point 2 below for next steps.

Second Career COLLEGE application

If you are eligible to apply for Second Career funding and are applying to:

  • A full-time program – you will require a Second Career "Confirmation of Acceptance” letter. You must first qualify for admission and have accepted an offer of admission to receive this letter.
  • A micro-credential with the Continuing and Professional Studies – you will require a “letter of intent”

The applicant is responsible for providing this documentation to the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development.

Steps for full-time program applicants

1. Choose a program

  • Together with your Employment Consultant, discuss the best Sheridan program to take that falls within the maximum one-year program length that Second Career will fund. Sheridan’s full-time Certificate and Ontario College Graduate Certificate fall within this maximum length.
  • Review the specific program admission requirements for each program – you must meet these requirements to be extended an offer to Sheridan which will be confirmed in your "Confirmation of Acceptance" letter.

Not meeting admission requirements: If you need academic upgrading to meet a program's admission requirement, you may be eligible for Second Career funding for one year of Sheridan’s Academic Upgrading as part of your training. Speak to your Employment Consultant about Second Career funding for academic upgrading.

Visit Academic Upgrading to learn more about this initiative at Sheridan.

*Please note that funded training under the Second Career initiative focuses on education that leads to careers in occupations that are classified under the National Occupation Classification (NOC) codes of B or C and under some circumstances A. Your Employment Consultant will guide you in choosing an appropriate program that falls under either of these NOC codes.

Review Human Resources and Skills Development Canada to find out more about NOC codes.

2. Research the program

  • Research the program you and your Employment Consultant agree upon. Your Employment Consultant will discuss the research requirements with you.
  • To support you in this process Sheridan has prepared Program Profiles that answer the research questions. These Program Profiles can be found on our Information for Research page. The programs on this page fall within the one-year maximum program length allowable by Second Career.

3. Apply to the program

  • Apply at Ontario Colleges Application Services website – ontariocolleges.ca. An application processing fee of $95.00 will apply. This fee will cover application cycles for the September, January, and May intakes.

Note:
When applying, make sure you indicate that you are seeking Second Career funding by choosing the Agency Sponsored Second Career option from the drop-down menu on the Financial Support page under the question “Do you have or are you in the process of getting sponsorship?” (see sample below). This information is MANDATORY in order to receive a “Confirmation of Acceptance” letter.

Screenshot of Financial Support page during application process through OntarioColleges.ca

4. Submit your academic documents

You are required to provide proof to Sheridan via OntarioColleges.ca that you meet Sheridan program admission requirements by:

A. Providing Transcripts or an Evaluation of International Education

  • Domestic transcripts must be sent from the issuing institution to Ontario Colleges who will then forward them to Sheridan at your request.
  • International transcripts must be evaluated by WES or ICAS. Request to have WES or ICAS send your evaluation to Ontario Colleges who will then forward them to Sheridan.

OR

B. Request Mature Student Testing

Apply as a mature student at Ontario Colleges if you meet these criteria:

  • 19 years of age or older AND
  • Never graduated from high school in Canada or any other country at any time

Sheridan Second Career acceptance letter for full-time studies

  1. If you meet the admission requirements and if there is still room in the program, you will be extended an offer of admission to the program. Please accept your offer at OntarioColleges.ca.

  2. Sheridan will prepare your “Confirmation of Acceptance” letter and send a copy to you via email.

  3. You will give a copy of your “Confirmation of Acceptance” letter to your Employment Consultant. The Employment Consultant will forward it to the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development who will decide if you are approved for funding.

    **Please allow at least 3 weeks for the Ministry to review your funding application once received.

  4. If you are approved for funding you will sign a contract and submit a copy of your contract to Sheridan.

  5. If you are not approved for funding you can still attend your program using OSAP or other means of funding.

Steps to apply for part-time micro-credentials through Continuing and Professional Studies

1. Choose a program

You and your Employment Consultant will discuss the best Sheridan program to take that falls within the maximum one-year program length that Second Career will fund. Sheridan’s micro-credential programs fall within this maximum length.

Please note that funded training under the Second Career initiative focuses on education that leads to careers in occupations that are classified under the National Occupation Classification (NOC) codes of B or C and under some circumstances A. Your Employment Consultant will guide you in choosing an appropriate program that falls under either of these NOC codes.

Review Human Resources and Skills Development Canada to find out more about NOC codes.

2. Research the program

  • Research the program you and your Employment Consultant agree upon. Your Employment Consultant will discuss the research requirements with you.
  • To support you in this process Sheridan has prepared Program Profiles that answer the research questions. These Program Profiles can be found on our Information for Research page. The programs on this page fall within the one-year maximum program length allowable by Second Career.

3. Request Sheridan Second Career letter of intent for micro-credentials and register

Here is a helpful guide on how to register: https://caps.sheridancollege.ca/student-guide/how-to-register.aspx

Please note: Students can only enrol for the courses that are open for registration. For registration dates, please contact CAPS via the contact details below.

*Other CAPS programs may be considered on a case-by-case basis, to be discussed with your Employment Consultant.

Learn more about CAPS (micro-credentials) programs.

Specific questions regarding micro-credentials (CAPS programs) can be directed to caps@sheridancollege.ca or call 905-874-4440.

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