The decision that students make about which university or college to attend and which program to pursue is one of the most important decisions of their lives, yet students often don’t have the support and information that they need to make an informed decision.
As a result, many students struggle after graduation to land a job in their chosen field, which can be a cause of youth unemployment and underemployment.
I have been working hard to address this challenge and have reintroduced my Private Member’s Bill, The Pathways to Post-Secondary Excellence Act (Bill 127).
As a result of the Bill and my advocacy, Minister Responsible for Digital Government, Deb Matthews, has asked me to lead an Ontario design competition: the Student Pathways Challenge.
The Student Pathways challenge offered a $30,000 top prize to designers, developers and civic leaders across the province to create a digital tool for this problem using Ontario’s education and labour market data.
The winning team, Riko, was announced January 12. They developed an online tool that helps students discover what possibilities their career could hold and gives them advice on how to achieve their career goals.
I am proud that my efforts to fight youth unemployment have resulted in government action!
To learn more, visit studentpathwayschallenge.ca
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