More Employers Needed for Student Work Experiences

Passport to Prosperity is an employer-led effort to increase awareness of and participation in school-work partnerships, to meet the growing demand of high school students for out-of-classroom career-related experiences. We are seeking to expand employer participation and raise the profile of these programs and activities.

There are currently over 700,000 students in grades 9 to 12 across the province and for the first time, all school boards are required to offer school-work opportunities to all interested students. To meet the demand, high schools need a greater number of employers interested in providing students with work experience opportunities. These opportunities range from mentorships, job shadowing and co-operative education to school-work transition programs, such as the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program.

Passport to Prosperity is building on the successful partnerships already established between schools and employers through business-education councils in communities across the province. These partnerships aim to ensure that every interested Ontario student has a work experience opportunity. We are now seeking the endorsement and participation of even more employers across Ontario to commit to these school-work partnerships.

Since 1999, when the Provincial Partnership Council, with the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, introduced Passport to Prosperity, more than 5,000 additional employers have participated in school-work transition activities and programs. With these workplace experiences, students are better prepared to make the transition from high school to work, training, apprenticeship, college and university.

We look forward to your joining the Passport to Prosperity team. For more information, please contact Michelle Murray, Events & School Manager, 905-634-2575 ext 12.