MaRs has recently announced $1 million acquired from Google.org - the philanthropic branch of Google - to move forward with the creation of the Employment Pathway Platform.
The platform, which is expected to launch in early 2019, will help workers to chart a course through the changing job market and develop a pathway for establishing or transitioning to a new career. It will pull together data skills and training options from multiple sources and then analyze a user's existing skills and employment preferences against them.
Users will receive a detailed skills assessment, potential job types that align with their aptitudes, a pathway for gaining the skills and experiences necessary to make the switch, and connections to training institutions with relevant services.
"As the impact of automation on jobs will differ, a uniform response to career transitions will likely come up short," says Joe Greenwood, lead executive of data at MaRS. "The best results will come from providing a more personalized strategy that helps people to future-proof their careers. By helping workers make the transition, we aim to maximize participation in the digital economy."
"While no one can predict exactly how work will change in the future, we know that tomorrow's jobs are likely to require skills that are uncommon today," said the economic opportunity lead at Google.org, Andrew Dunckelman. "That's why we're excited to support MaRS Data Catalyst in their work to equip people, particularly those who are most disadvantaged, with a clear path to work opportunities and related skills."
Edited by K. Fanning
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