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MatchWork to study barriers to employment in Clareview, other northeast neighbourhoods

A community-based group and a technology startup are teaming up to paint a clearer picture of employment barriers that affect the workforce in Clareview and other northeast Edmonton neighbourhoods.

Communities United aims to strengthen community ties and reduce poverty in five Edmonton neighbourhoods: Bannerman, Fraser, Hairsine, Clareview Town Centre and Kirkness.

One of the organization's goals is to reduce barriers to employment, said community economic development coordinator Matthew Taylor.

MatchWork, an Edmonton company that helps agencies and employers connect with populations at risk of being excluded from the workforce, developed an online platform for the project.

The data-gathering tool identifies trends that go beyond what a traditional survey might capture, said MatchWork co-founder, Kenya Kondo.

MatchWork's R&D network includes the University of Alberta, the University of Waterloo and the University of Sheffield.

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Read the full CBC story at: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/communities-united-employment-northeast-1.5442494