June 19, 2020

Virtual Reality Helping Regina Job Seekers Explore In-Demand Care

Today, the Government of Saskatchewan announced an investment of $62,000 toward a new Virtual Reality (VR) project with the Regina Work Preparation Centre to support Regina job seekers.

The project will be delivered through the utilization of CareerLabsVR, a virtual reality platform that will provide job seekers with an innovative opportunity to explore, learn and discover career options.  The implementation of this tool allows participants to fully immerse themselves in an in demand career experience before fully investing themselves in upskilling or further training.

Employers will also benefit from the VR technology, partnering with Regina Work Preparation Centre to create recruitment and marketing opportunities that will assist them in preparing for anticipated labour needs in the coming years.

“The Government of Saskatchewan is proud to offer innovative career training techniques that allow job seekers the opportunity to participate in Saskatchewan’s workforce,” Immigration and Career Training Minister Jeremy Harrison said.  “Innovative initiatives are important as the province works toward economic recovery, getting our citizens back to work and supporting our province’s emerging labour market needs post COVID-19.”

A total of 80 participants will actively use the technology, while another potential 80 participants will have exposure to the technology through a presentation and/or observing other participants using it.

Further to the job seekers, 100 career development professionals and service providers will have exposure to the technology through presentation, observation or use of the tool themselves.

“Work Prep is excited to partner with the Government of Saskatchewan on this innovative initiative that will support a strong economy in Saskatchewan by providing interested job seekers with exposure to in demand careers today, and in the future,” Regina Work Preparation Centre Executive Director Ashley Boha said.  “This virtual reality technology will support job seekers by providing tailored information on in demand careers, fully immersing them in, with the ability to see, hear and experience the career without ever leaving the office.”

The Regina Work Preparation Centre is a non-profit, charitable, community-based organization that has served the Regina community for 45 years.  Throughout their history, Work Prep has assisted more than 20,000 individuals in their journey to employment.  Using innovative employment services that align with labour market needs, Work Prep also partners with employers to identify job seekers that match their required qualifications and provides ongoing connection and support for employers and employees to ensure success.