new interactive online platform allows students to connect to local labour market information and engage with the world of work.

Launched by the Workforce Development Board / Local Employment Planning Council (WDB/LEPC) – a non-profit organization serving the communities of Peterborough, Northumberland, Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton – MyHomeWorks offers a fun learning experience for students, parents and educators.

The first iteration of the site provides students with the opportunity to connect their interests to local labour market opportunities and delve into some of the external factors that can have an impact on job searches and their future career path.

“MyHomeWorks presents an innovative resource to support students’ in their career-planning decisions,” said Jason Dennison, manager of operations for the WDB/LEPC.

“Attracting and retaining youth in our local workforce is essential to the community’s sustainable, long-term economic growth. While the secondary education system provides many career and education planning tools, there is a specific need to educate students on local labour market information.”

Using MyHomeWorks, students navigate through different job categories based on their personal career interests. From there, they can explore job families and specific occupations, including information on local job postings and average salaries.

It also encourages students to think about how their areas of interest may change as a result of disrupting factors such as climate change, globalization and automation. They are given the opportunity to learn job search strategies to help overcome these external factors and make more effective career decisions.

Equipped with quizzes, challenges, and performance-based achievements, it also helps foster an understanding that there are opportunities to live and work in your home area.

The Community Training & Development Centre (CTDC) was engaged for this project, which was funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.

“We were excited to create the content and concept for MyHomeWorks,” said Madeleine Currelly, chief executive officer of CTDC.

“The importance of MyHomeWorks is reflected in the name of the site, with the opportunity for youth in our region to live and work in their home community. Local and current labour market information and  current and future trends affecting the labour market, are all available within the web site to assist in understanding the possibilities of local employment.”

The project was recently recognized with an Innovation Award at the Eastern Regional Employment Ontario Conference in Haliburton.

Visit www.myhomeworks.net to access the site.

If you are a teacher and would like to arrange a demo and/or access for your class, please contact:

Kristen Larocque
Junior Project Officer
705-749-3250, ext. 119
klarocque@wdb.ca

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