Second Career gains momentum

Ontario’s government funded job retraining program ‘all about the individual’
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/09/2010

“Twenty years and now they’re pushing me out the door. They took my job, well they don’t need me anymore,” sings Rob Montplaisir, a laid-off Ford worker strumming an acoustic guitar in a YouTube video.

“Some good news came by the telephone. They said I should go back to school. I’m so afraid because it’s been so damn long. But what else do I have to lose?... All I need is a little help to get back on my feet.”

The video aired during an appreciation night for laid-off workers of Ford/CAW Local 200 in Windsor, Ont. They had gone back to school to achieve skills and knowledge in new, more promising fields such as construction, border services and the culinary arts through the Ontario government’s Second Career program.