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Workforce Resources

At Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development (PKED), we know how important it is for businesses to find and retain highly qualified talent. While PKED doesn’t offer employment services directly, we work closely with all local employment service providers, local post-secondary institutions, and the regional Workforce Development Board to support local businesses.

Build & Soar

Building Futures, Soaring Careers

Are you looking for fresh new talent and to help guide local students to pursue a career in construction or aviation? The Build & Soar program is designed to match local employers with students from the Construction or Aviation and Aerospace Specialist High Skills Major through the Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board and the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board to gain valuable on-the-job experience.

Participating employers will provide an 8-week paid summer work placement to curate industry-specific learning and work experience that will help students nearing or entering the workforce.

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Find out more about the Build & Soar Program and the benefits participants will receive:

Interested in learning more about the program? Contact the program coordinator:

Eleni Gagovski

Eleni Gagovski

Economic Development Officer

Cell: 705-875-2916

Local Employment Service Providers

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Employment Planning & Counselling 

Employment Planning & Counselling-Peterborough is a not-for-profit, charitable organization that aims to provide superior career development and employment-related programs and services.

As an Employment Ontario funded Employment Resource focused on diversity and sustainable placement, EPC offers a range of employer-focused programs and services geared to assist businesses with hiring needs.


Offers a full range of services designed to help Employees and Employers.

Employer Services: Placing the right candidate in the right work environment is the key to our success. Our service solutions and ongoing development enable our team to meet immediate needs and offer a comprehensive recruitment strategy unique to each employer.

YMCA of Peterborough Employment Services

YMCA Employer services are at the heart of the business community in Peterborough and Peterborough County. They can help local businesses hire the right candidate for the job.

Muskoka-Kawarthas Employment Services 

As the Government of Ontario’s Service System Manager (SSM) for employment services, Muskoka-Kawarthas Employment Services (MKES) oversees the operation of all employment service providers in the Muskoka-Kawarthas economic region. Together, with its service providers, MKES has designed an employment hub that provides locally-responsive services, empowers people to find and keep jobs they want, and help employers find the labour they need.

Local Employment Resources

Trent University Careerspace

Trent University Careerspace is your on-campus and online resource for recruiting qualified students and graduates for your organization

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Fleming College Career Services

Fleming College Career Services offers employers free employment services including the ability to post jobs and volunteer opportunities to Fleming students and graduates. 

Workforce Development Board

Workforce Development Board is a not-for-profit organization located in Peterborough and serves Northumberland, Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes, and Haliburton. Founded in 1996, WDB is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development to provide labour market information, coordinate employment, and training services, and engage employer communities. 

Community Employment Resource Partnership

A group of employment and training organizations committed to enhancing service to people, businesses, and their communities. CERP is a connection to local job opportunities, employment, training-related events, and support to businesses.

Fleming College Contract Training

Fleming College’s skilled trainers and facilitators provide real-world expertise and an effective, interactive, enjoyable learning environment. The courses focus on proven principals, innovative ideas and the latest trends to bring you up-to-date knowledge and practical training.

Canada-Ontario Job Grant Program

The Canada-Ontario Job Grant provides direct financial support to individual employers or employer consortia who wish to purchase training for their employees. It is available to small, medium and large businesses with a plan to deliver short-term training to existing and new employees

For more information on requirements for the grant, contact the local employment service providers.

Career Ladders

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If you have questions about any of these career ladders or about the local labour market, please visit

As the old adage goes, you have to start somewhere! Advance your skills and learn what it takes to move up the career ladder in some of the highest-demand sectors in this region.

Entry-level jobs provide an opportunity to learn basic skills and gain experience; however, these jobs are often paid the minimum wage, and wages in many entry-level jobs are unlikely to increase significantly. This program will help to identify potential career pathways from entry-level positions to more skilled and higher-wage jobs within the industry. For example, a job as a cook, with proper training and experience, could lead to an occupation such as a meat cutter, quality assurance inspector, caterer, food sales representative and potentially, entrepreneur.

These interactive career ladders contain information about hourly wages, job descriptions, main job duties, examples of job titles, general skills, and links to educational courses, training opportunities, and local jobs currently available in each sector.

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Agriculture Career Ladder
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Construction Career Ladder
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Food Service Career Ladder
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Manufacturing Career Ladder