BROCKVILLE, ONT. — The Ontario government is committing more than $1.4 million over one year to help create a cutting-edge career exploration tool for jobs in the steel and aluminum industries called CareerLabsVR.
The Employment and Education Centre in Brockville, Ont. will lead the project to develop virtual reality (VR) software and work closely with regional employers to create virtual career exploration modules.
The CareerLabsVR project will produce 10 virtual reality modules related to occupations in the steel and aluminum sector through which job seekers will be able to learn about career options in an interactive digital environment, indicates a release.
The VR modules can later be used by employment service providers all over the province.
“The CareerLabsVR project will give Ontario businesses a unique new way of attracting talent — workers and jobseekers will have an exciting and compelling way to learn about careers in the steel and aluminum industries,” said Steve Clark, MPP for Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes, in a statement. “The CareerLabsVR project is an example of how we are tapping into Ontario’s innovation potential and supporting our digital talent.”
“Career exploration and counselling are vital to making sure job seekers find good jobs, and employers find the skilled workers they need,” said Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, minister of training, colleges and universities, in a statement.