Alberta tech startup MatchWork selected to enhance the employability of older workers nationally
Edmonton, Alberta, August 26, 2019
- Alberta based MyMatchWork (MatchWork), has been selected as one of AGE-WELL NCE’s (Aging Gracefully across Environments using Technology to Support Wellness, Engagement and Long Life NCE Inc.) Catalyst 25 projects for its Core Research Program.
- MatchWork is a technology startup focused on solutions for people experiencing barriers to employment and for employers struggling with retention, using its machine learning platform.
- MatchWork provides valuable insights to employment service agencies, employers and governments who are tackling retention, under-employment and unemployment.
MatchWork, in partnership with the University of Alberta, has been selected as one of the 25 projects across Canada to receive Catalyst funding in 2019-20. Other project partners include the University of Waterloo, the University of Sheffield (UK), Covenant Health, CARP (Canadian Association for Retired Persons) and the Canadian Home Care Association.
These projects will form the basis of AGE-WELL NCE’s future Core Research Program for 2020 - 2023.
MatchWork’s core technology platform is developed using collaborative, human-centred design, to help people overcome employment barriers by translating their unique skills into viable employment pathways. The platform enables employers, employment service organizations and governments to get useful data to inform decision making and funding.
The AGE-WELL Network strives to create real-world solutions that will make a meaningful impact on the lives of Canadian seniors and caregivers. In 2018, AGE-WELL NCE embarked on a comprehensive review of policy priorities across governments in Canada and internationally, relating to seniors. These priorities were validated with research, government, non-profit and industry stakeholders including older adults and caregivers.
From hundreds of priorities solicited by AGE-WELL NCE, a shortlist of 18 Challenge Areas was presented at public consultations in Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, and Montreal. With feedback from over 1,000 stakeholders, a final set of eight Challenge Areas was
developed. These include Supportive Homes & Communities, Autonomy & Independence and Financial Wellness & Employment.
The MatchWork partnership will focus on the Financial Wellness & Employment Challenge Area by enhancing the employability of older workers and family caregivers. These two particularly vulnerable groups have received little attention until recently. The proposed project will deploy MatchWork’s cloud platform, which is designed to help overcome employment barriers, to serve the employment needs of these two vulnerable populations, and extend its reach across Canada.
MyMatchWork (MatchWork) is a technology startup focused on solving one of the world’s largest and growing problems: barriers to obtaining meaningful employment and overcoming underemployment. MatchWork’s core technology platform is developed using collaborative, human-centred design,
to help people overcoming employment barriers translate their unique skills into viable employment pathways and, enabling organizations and governments to get useful data to inform funding and decision making.
AGE-WELL NCE is Canada’s technology and aging network, is dedicated to the creation of technologies and services that benefit older adults and caregivers. Their aim is to help older Canadians maintain their independence, health and quality of life through technologies and services that increase their safety and security, support their independent living, and enhance their social participation. Launched in 2015 through the federally-funded Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) program, AGE-WELL addresses a wide range of complex issues in technology and aging through receptor-driven transdisciplinary research, training programs, partnerships, knowledge mobilization and the commercial development of technologies.