Even though Ontario has one of the most highly educated and skilled workforces in the world, it’s difficult for recent graduates to land jobs without relevant experience. Oftentimes, it’s difficult for recent graduates to land jobs at all.
Minister of Finance, Charles Sousa, and Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, Deb Matthews, announced the province’s new Career Kick-Start Strategy this week.
Ontario will invest nearly $190 million over three years to support the Career Kick-Start Strategy.
To help students get skills and experience on their resumes before stepping into the job world, Ontario has announced the creation of 40,000 new work-related learning opportunities over three years for K-12 and postsecondary students, as well as recent graduates.
According to a recent release, the initiatives in the strategy include:
Expanding the successful Specialist High Skills Major Program over the next three years to introduce 17,000 more Grade 11 and 12 students to career options while obtaining their high school diploma
A new Career Ready Fund to help universities, colleges and employers create career-oriented learning experiences and related supports for students and recent graduates
Supporting more than 3,000 high-impact, industry-led research internships through the Mitacs Accelerate program and 140 additional internships and fellowships per year in the TalentEdge program
Giving all college and university students free access to high-quality, skills-focused online learning through Lynda.com.
Alongside hands-on learning opportunities, guidance and career counselling are a part of the strategy to expose students to a wider range of options for their future.