Supporting Youth with Matching Their Skills to Current Labour Market Needs Using the Ontario Compulsory Career Studies Program: A Review of Curriculum Documents.


  • Lorraine Godden Queen's University


youth, skills, ontario, career studies, curriculum, programs


The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) proposed that policies to address high youth unemployment should include better matching between the skills acquired at school and those needed in the labour market (OECD, 2011). This analysis, utilizing Cohen’s (2001) conceptual sense-making model, examined two guidance and career education documents to determine whether their expectations aligned with OECD policy priorities. One document contained a range of strategies for the meeting of program expectations. The other document provided more flexibility to align program expectations to meet OECD policies. A significant implication was the reliance on information technology (IT) to facilitate students to access current labour market information.


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Godden, L. . (2013). Supporting Youth with Matching Their Skills to Current Labour Market Needs Using the Ontario Compulsory Career Studies Program: A Review of Curriculum Documents. Canadian Journal of Career Development, 12(2), 36–47. Retrieved from