Digital On-Ramps is developing an electronic portfolio system where job seekers can permanently store their resumes, transcripts, credentials, certifications, digital badges, and examples of work (images, videos, word documents, pdfs, etc.) and other evidence of their accomplishments and abilities. Job seekers will also be able to select their best work from their e-portfolio to be shared with employers, training providers, or educational institutions. The DOR e-Portfolio will become available beginning in May 2015 to the 9,000 plus graduating seniors in the School District of Philadelphia, as well as out-of-school youth and adult learners and jobseekers. In preparation for its release, representative samples of users, consisting of high school students, GED-to-College students, adult jobseekers, employer hiring officers, and postsecondary training and education admissions personnel, will help test the e-Portfolio desktop and mobile interfaces to ensure it is engaging and easy to use. DOR is collaborating with partner agencies to coordinate multichannel outreach and marketing campaigns to their youth and adult clients. In particular, to maximize awareness and adoption of the e-Portfolio among students graduating in June, DOR and the School District are coordinating communication efforts to principals, guidance counselors, teachers, students and parents through multiple channels.
DOR's shared client data system, through which member agencies can share key information to improve coordination of services and programs for Philadelphia jobseekers, will be available in the second quarter of 2015 in conjunction with the e-Portfolio. DOR member agencies will be developing specific interagency use cases and model data-sharing agreements to promote collaboration using the platform.
The Digital On Ramps web-based career pathways exploration tool provides a framework that matches a jobseeker's interests, skills, education and training with jobs and career opportunities that local employers are hiring for now. These career pathways are based on data about employment opportunities and requirements specific to the Philadelphia region, drawn from leading labor market information sources O*NET and EMSI, and validated by local industry employers. Job seekers can use the tool to identify steps needed to advance to the next level in their current career, as well as what might be needed to move from one career pathway to another. The tool has been well received in early demonstrations to leaders in the business, education, training and workforce sectors. Their helpful feedback is guiding planning and development of further enhancements and additional features. The first set of locally vetted industry content manufacturing career opportunities is now available through the tool, and development of similar data sets for careers in health care, business services, and other regionally important industries is underway by DOR partners and affiliates. As these pathways are reviewed and vetted by the appropriate local industry councils, they will be included in the tool, providing an increasingly comprehensive and useful resource for Philadelphia job seekers.