Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes MPP Steve Clark was at the Employment and Education Centre in Brockville on Tuesday, May 21 to announce the Ontario government is providing $1.4 million to create a cutting-edge career exploration tool to assist Ontario’s steel and aluminum sector in attracting new workers. Pictured with MPP Clark from the left are: Elisabeth Meyer, program manager at the EEC, Sue Watts, executive director of the EEC and Harrison Olajos, CEO of Up360 and Career Labs. – Submitted Photo
Brockville – Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes MPP Steve Clark was at the Employment and Education Centre in Brockville on Tuesday, May 21 to announce the Ontario government is providing funding to create a cutting-edge career exploration tool to assist Ontario’s steel and aluminum sector in attracting new workers.
Clark announced today the government is providing $1,424,031 to assist Brockville-based Employment and Education Centre (EEC) in leading a project to develop virtual reality (VR) software and work closely with regional employers to create virtual career exploration modules.
Through these modules, job seekers will be able to learn about career options in a dynamic and interactive digital environment. The VR modules can later be used by employment service providers all over the province.
“The CareerLabsVR project will give Ontario businesses a unique new way of attracting talent and to give workers and job-seekers an exciting and compelling way to learn about careers in the steel and aluminum industries. I’ve had the opportunity to try the technology and I’m excited that this leading-edge project is happening right here in
Brockville at the EEC,” said Clark.
“The CareerLabsVR project is an example of how we are tapping into Ontario’s innovation potential and supporting our digital talent.”
“Career exploration and counselling are vital to making sure job seekers find good jobs, and employers find the skilled workers they need,” said Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities. “The CareerLabsVR project takes things to a whole new level by adding this new technology that will allow employment counsellors to turn any information session into an exciting and engaging experience. ”
The CareerLabsVR project will produce ten virtual reality modules related to occupations in the steel and aluminum sector.
Steel and aluminum production is a vital industry sector for Ontario. The province has the highest share of Canada’s steel and aluminum production.
The CareerLabsVR project allows for the opportunity to leverage virtual reality technology and training to address future opportunities.
Employment and Education Centre is one of more than 300 Employment Ontario partners across Ontario.
The Employment Ontario network offers a range of services and supports that help businesses find talent and connect jobseekers to training and job opportunities.