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Passport to Prosperity: a community initiative

A province-wide network of 26 business-education councils, each with extensive partnerships to employers and schools, has issued a challenge: they are calling on companies across Ontario to provide work experiences for high school students.

The effort was spearheaded by the Provincial Partnership council and the Ontario Learning Partnership Group (OLPG), as part of the Passport to Prosperity campaign. This employer-led effort aims to increase awareness of, and participation in, school-work partnerships, in order to meet the growing demand from high school students for actual experience outside the classroom.

Currently, across the province 700,000 students in grades 9 through to 12 are being offered school-work opportunities through their school board to all interested students. High schools are in need of more employers interested in providing these experiences. Opportunities can 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 already successful partnership established between school and employers through business-education councils in communities across the province. These partnerships aim to ensure that every interested Ontario student has the opportunity to get out and learn. With these workplace experiences, students are better prepared to make the transition from high school to work, training, apprenticeship, college and university.

We are now seeking the endorsement and participation of even more employers across Ontario to propel this initiative.

For more information, please visit the Ontario Business Education Partnership website or visit the Ministry of Education website and contact Brendan Howe at 416 598-0055 ext. 307. We look forward to you becoming a part of the Passport to Prosperity team.