Tue May 25, 2021 11:22am EST
TORONTO, May 25, 2021 /CNW/ - On Thursday, May 27 at 10am EST, Riipen will be hosting a media briefing to discuss the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has presented to the job market and the programs and services available to jobseekers that will inform the future of work. Riipen invites all members of the media to join in the discussion on how to prepare Ontario's workforce to thrive as we emerge from the pandemic. WHAT:  Media briefing with question-and-answer period. WHEN:  Thursday, May 27, 2021, at 10am EST WHERE:  Zoom (Please email zandra.miljan@crestviewstrategy.com for your unique access link) WHY: Recent graduates and new Canadians are struggling to find work during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now more than ever, access to work opportunities and upskilling programs are needed to allow these groups to successfully enter the job market. Riipen is committed to helping students from all backgrounds and geographies access work-integrated experiential learning and to support learners of all backgrounds to bridge the skills gap, gain career clarity, network with potential employers, and find jobs they love. WHO: Dana Stephenson, CEO, Riipen: Will speak to Riipen's role in democratizing workplace opportunity. Addressing how Riipen programs aid in advancing diversity and inclusion and their commitment to helping these groups. Jake Hirsch-Allen, North America Workforce Development and Higher Ed System Lead, LinkedIn: Will speak to trends seen on LinkedIn related to job seeking and the struggles of those looking for work during the pandemic. Comparing this job market to the 2008 recession while acknowledging that this pandemic has seen certain groups who are left out of workplace recovery (specifically retail workers, women and new Canadians) Kathleen Winningham, Director, YU Experience Hub, Office of the AVP, Teaching & Learning: "The Student Experience During COVID-19" How are universities preparing students for this new workforce? Kathleen will speak to trends they see with students and the unique challenges of finding work during the pandemic.  Dario Guescini, Director, Work-Integrated Learning, Experiential Education & Global Mobility George Brown College: "The Student Experience During COVID-19" How are colleges preparing students for this new workforce? Dario will speak to trends they see with students and the unique challenges of finding work during the pandemic.  Madison Sameshima, Coordinator, People and Culture, Riipen: Madison will offer the perspective of a student who benefited from work integrated learning programs throughout their education, helping clearly define their career path and pursue their goals after graduation.   SOURCE Riipen