OLG is working to strengthen its relationships with local Indigenous communities and people across Ontario.
For example, OLG has teamed up with PLATO Testing, a software testing company that is providing meaningful employment opportunities for Indigenous people in the IT sector. PLATO was founded by Keith McIntosh, CEO of PQA Testing (PLATO’s sister software testing company that has been in business since 1997). PLATO provides training through a college-certified software tester training program, as well as employment for Indigenous people across the country.
Students complete five months of in-class training to learn the theory of software testing and then embark on a three-month internship that exposes them to real-world testing scenarios. Those who successfully complete the program are offered full-time permanent employment with the company.
In 2019, as part of OLG’s on-going student jobs program, three PLATO trainees completed their internship placement at our Head Office in Sault Ste. Marie, where they worked with OLG’s Quality Control team to gain practical experience with lottery terminal testing.