Youth in Cochrane between the ages of 14 and 18 can get a leg up on finding a job that suits their abilities, likes and dislikes. It’s a free pilot project called “PATH”.
Cochrane Board of Trade president Frank Louvelle is helping promote the initiative of Kapuskasing-based Kap Data.
It pre-screens potential applicants for jobs, co-op placements and volunteer opportunities. Louvelle says it starts by asking a long list of questions of the young person and prospective employer.
“Questions such as availability for work, the sort of duties involved, is it an indoor or outdoor job, credentials of skills that they may require,” he outlines.
Their answers decide who might be a match for summer work; a co-op placement; or longer-term work around a school schedule; even before it reaches the resumé submission stage.
“I kind of think of it as sort of a matchmaking service between employees and employers,” Louvelle remarks.
Details are on the Kap Data website.