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Press Release: Communities United & MatchWork partner to tackle unemployment & workforce development

Summary

Communities United and MatchWork have partnered to use MatchWork’s technology to get data based workforce insights on the unemployed population in the northeast Edmonton region.

The data from the project will provide a foundational platform for Communities United to focus its employment support strategy, funding and services as they work to develop solutions to tackle both unemployment and under-employment.

MatchWork combines machine learning and behavioral science to create transformative technologies for workforce development and employment services. Beyond traditional workforce data, MatchWork's technology allows economic development agencies, employers and industry associations identify what drives their workforce populations to work, and what barriers they could be facing in connecting to meaningful work at both the individual and population levels.


Edmonton, Alberta, January 28, 2020

Communities United and technology startup MatchWork have partnered on a pilot initiative to provide Communities United with core insights into the workforce challenges and opportunities in the northeast Edmonton region.

This partnership will enable Communities United to gain a better understanding of the workforce population in the communities in which they work and in particular, find out some of the workforce strengths and assets present within community, the challenges and barriers that people face when seeking employment, and how to strategically connect job seekers to employers.

The data from the project will provide a foundational platform for Communities United to focus its employment support strategy, funding and services as they work to develop solutions to tackle both unemployment and under-employment.

MatchWork has partnered with other organizations on similar initiatives including a nation wide project focused on the caregiver and aging worker populations.

MatchWork’s core technology platform is developed using collaborative, human-centred design and machine learning. It assists governments, economic development agencies, employers and employment service organizations in determining detailed workforce attributes and generating insightful data to inform decision making and policy.

Beyond traditional workforce data, MatchWork's technology enables them identify what drives their workforce populations to work, and what barriers they could be facing in connecting to meaningful work and what factors could be impacting retention.

MatchWork’s technology provides both detailed population level insights and highly personalized individual insights for each person.This includes ideal work profiles for each person, based on their unique combination of education, work experience and personal situation. It also provides a workflow platform used by employment service teams.

Communities United is an asset-based initiative that builds on the strengths of local communities. It is an evolving initiative, finding ways to support the bright ideas that emerge from the community to permanently move people out of poverty. Four current priority areas of focus include thriving youth, boosting household income, local economic development, and community connections.

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About Communities United

Communities United is a collaborative initiative in five Edmonton neighbourhoods that is building connections and activities to strengthen the lives of individuals, families, and communities. The five neighbourhoods are Bannerman, Fraser, Hairsine, Clareview Town Centre & Kirkness.

Email: mtaylor@myunitedway.ca

Communities United Website: http://www.cuyeg.org/


About MatchWork

MyMatchWork (MatchWork) is a technology startup focused on developing technology & data solutions for organizations and governments who are seeking to better understand their workforce and to allow job seekers to find meaningful employment.

https://MyMatchWork.com

Email: Hello@mymatchwork.com

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Press and other inquiries: 

Communities United: mtaylor@myunitedway.ca

MatchWork: Hello@mymatchwork.com