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    Better Jobs Ontario Fundingformerly known as Second Careers Ontario

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    Hairstyling and Barbering - The Best Second Career Option 

    What is the Better Jobs Ontario (formerly known as Second Career) Funding Program in Ontario?

    RESTART with a new career in hairstyling or barbering and get up to $28,000 in  government assistance through the Better Jobs Ontario BJO Second Career program.

    Applications are immediately being assessed

    Applying for a Second Career as a Hairstylist or Barber through the Better Jobs Ontario Stream

    Are you prepared to begin retraining for a new job in the hairstyling and barbering industry?

    Learn more about the BJO Better Jobs Ontario (formerly Second Career) program and how you can receive financial assistance when you study to become a hair stylist or barber at Eikonic Academy.

    The Ontario government is helping laid-off workers get back to work through the Better Jobs Ontario (formerly Second Career) funding program so that they can find jobs in high-demand occupations as well as provide financial support for basic living expenses while you are in school.

    Better Jobs Ontario (BJO) also known as the Second Career Program  works as a cost-sharing grant provided on the basis of need for people who want to learn a new profession.You may be asked to contribute what you can to your training or education. Individuals who have been laid off as a result of COVID-19 and are interested in training in other professions with excellent career prospects may be eligible for further financial assistance for their studies and related expenditures.

    Program Description

    The Eikonic Hair Program is a 40 week diploma program that specializes in hairstyling and barbering and designed to teach and prepare you for all the skills required to pass your Ontario hairstyling license. The unique learning journey takes you from beginner to professional and exposes you to 13 different skill areas in the hair industry with an emphasis on live-client interactions and portfolio building to increase your confidence and social interactions. 

    How do I qualify for Second Career Ontario?

    If you’ve been laid off and are working at a temporary job to make ends meet, you might be eligible for the Second Career grant.

    The hairstyling and barbering industry is constantly seeking properly trained individuals.  If you’ve lost your job due to COVID-19, you may be eligible to have all your training costs and even certain living expenses covered.  Imagine having your full training costs covered, and when you graduate, you’re immediately sought after for your skills!

    In November 2021, the Ontario government expanded the criteria for Second Career funding to include those with little or no work experience, self-employed individuals, as well as newcomers, youth and social assistance recipients.

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    Since January 2022, we have helped many of our students get funding by guiding them through the application process. 

    How You Qualify for Better Jobs Ontario (formerly known as Second Career)
    You maybe eligible for Better Jobs Ontario (BJO) Second Career if:

  • you have been laid-off on or after January 1, 2005
  • are unemployed
  • you are a resident of Ontario
  • You are a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident, or a convention refugee claimant who meets the requirements
  • you can show that there is a need for the job you want to train for on the job market and that there are good job prospects in your area or in Ontario.
    If you’re receiving Employment Insurance (EI), or have in the past, you can still apply.
  • how long you have been out of work or working a temporary job while looking for work
  • places you've applied to and jobs you've applied for, such as cover letters, your CV or resume, and responses from possible employers.
  • level of education you have obtained
  • where you've worked before, how long you worked there, and what skills were needed
  • How to Apply for Better Jobs Ontario (BJO) Second Career Program in Ontario

    It may take several months for your application to complete all 3 stages of the application process. The sooner you apply, the more likely you are able to get approved on time before the next class starts
    The following information will be required to assess your eligibility.

    • How long have you been unemployed or working in a temporary position and looking for work?
    • Record of Employment (RoE)
    • What level of schooling have you completed?
    • Positions and locations for which you have applied.
    • The abilities you’d like to learn and where you’d like to get them.
    • Your previous job, the length of time you worked there, and the abilities you needed for that job.

    Learn skills that are highly sought after and get workforce ready

    The double-major hairstyling and barbering program path is ideal for those that wish to explore career options such as: opening up their own salon or barber shop, education, representing beauty manufacturers, working on cruise ships and health care facilities, as well as theatre, film, and television.

    Ready to take control of your life? Call us today and speak to one of our education counsellor.

    Our experienced education counsellor who will help you navigate the application process specifically for the hairstyling and barbering stream.

    Need assistance? We are here to help

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    The Ontario government is making it easier for laid-off workers to participate in the Better Jobs Ontario BJO Second Career program. If you were laid off in one of the industries most affected by COVID-19 since March 1, 2020, you may be eligible for these changes.

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