Pathways to Prosperity (P2P) was an Employment Ontario Program funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario. This successful collaborative one-year pilot project was led by Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development (PKED) in partnership with the City of Kawarthas Lakes Economic Development (CKL), Muskoka-Kawartha Employment Services (MKES), Fleming College, and the Workforce Development Board (WDB). This program was developed with the common goal of supporting local employers facing significant labour shortages and was designed to match job seekers with high-demand jobs, supporting local employers to train and retain skilled talent to help close the skills gap.
Participants received four weeks of skills training followed by a paid job placement. Employers received onboarding training and support to ensure successful placement and incumbent workers were supported with leadership development, career advancement helping to retain and support sustainable employment opportunities.
The P2P program strengthened established relationships between the City of Peterborough, Peterborough County, and the City of Kawartha Lakes. The program leveraged the expertise of Fleming College, utilizing its faculty, access to labs, equipment, and staff to provide training to job seekers and employers. Regional employment services, system service providers, and WDB worked collaboratively with PKED to offer their expertise in workforce development and to aid in marketing endeavors.
The program also engaged local employers in four, high-demand sectors, including Manufacturing, Construction, Food Service, and Agriculture, to highlight workplace culture and career growth opportunities through video and social media promotion.
The program’s goal was to encourage entry or re-entry to the workplace for 150 job seekers with barriers or lacking confidence to return to school. P2P surpassed its goal by supporting 52 local businesses and over 370 local job seekers and current employees.
Through the collaboration long-lasting tools for local employers, service providers, local institutions, and industry associations were developed to encourage career engagement including: