Are you interested in shaping the future of education in Ontario and winning a $30,000 grand prize? The Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship is thrilled to announce that we are supporting the Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) Student Pathways Challenge. During a 6-week competition launching October 19, the challenge calls on Canadians to tackle the question:
How might we help high school students gain a better understanding of available career opportunities and the pathways to get there by means of a digital tool?
Through our work at the Policy Innovation Platform, we are always looking for partners who seek to make public services, programs and policies better for Canadians. We are excited by MAESD’s commitment to putting the user – high school students – at the centre of this challenge and encouraging participants to design solutions that meet their unique needs.
This is a question that cannot wait. Earlier this year, the Brookfield Institute released Future Proof: Preparing young Canadians for the future of work. Given the changing nature of the workforce, we showed that youth today face higher—and more diverse—skill and experience requirements than ever before.
We also highlighted that over the next decade, about two-thirds of job openings in Canada are expected to be in occupations that typically require post-secondary education, or in management roles. It’s hardly surprising, then, that only 44% of youth feel adequately prepared for the workforce.
Having conducted focus groups with youth from across the province over the last year, the Ontario government knows that students want access to better information about post-secondary education and career pathways. And they know that students want that information to be accessible, fun to interact with, and insightful.
(By the way, the Premier’s Highly Skilled Workforce Expert Panel, which concluded in 2016, also called for better access to job market information).