Remember I was thinking about doing the Social Service Worker program at Algonquin? Well, it seems I’m ineligible for funding for retraining from the government. Actually, that’s not quite accurate – I’m eligible, but I’m not suitable.
It seems the Second Career program has three levels of assessment to determine whether someone qualifies to receive funding: eligibility, suitability and financial need. Eligibility is easy: if you were laid off, you’re eligible. This is how the government can make such claims as “80% of unemployed Ontarians are eligible for retraining under the Second Career program.”
But once they’ve established our eligibility, they disqualify most of us in the suitability assessment.
Apparently very few people in Ottawa are deemed suitable. The suitability assessment is based on scores in six categories, including the career and sector you’re coming from. If they’re not on the “declining list” in your region, you don’t get any points. And very few careers and sectors are deemed to be in decline in Ottawa.
So that’s that. I’m disqualified.
Oh well. It was just an idea, and there are other ideas where that one came from. Bigger and better ideas even.