McGuinty government supports Take Our Kids to Work Day

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McGuinty government supports Take Our Kids to Work Day

Ministry of Education

TORONTO, Nov. 4 - Take Our Kids to Work Day is an innovative way for young people and their parents to share in the workplace experience, Education Minister Gerard Kennedy said today. "This is a great opportunity for students to see what the workplace is like and start thinking about their plans after graduation," added Kennedy. "We're committed to building a strong public education system that helps our kids succeed in their goals for the future." Take Our Kids to Work Day goes hand in hand with Ontario's high school curriculum, which emphasizes the importance of out-of-classroom career-related experiences and career planning. It requires all school boards to offer co- operative education, work experience and school-work transition programs to all interested students. A mandatory career course also helps students make important decisions about career choices. "Ontario's public education system provides students with the skills they need to succeed at school and in their future careers," said Kennedy. "At the same time, it is crucial that students learn the importance of a safe work environment." "The day gives employers, workers, parents and students the opportunity to talk about workplace safety and the impact it has on all of our lives," said Chris Bentley, Minister of Labour. "On this day, I'm confident that everyone in the workplace will take special care by supervising students at all times and ensuring they are not exposed to any potentially dangerous situations." Take Our Kids to Work Day is a national program of The Learning Partnership and has existed since 1994. More than 1.5 million young Canadians and 75,000 workplaces have participated in the program. Disponible en fran├žais For more information visit www.edu.gov.on.caFor further information: Dave Ross, Ministry of Education, (416) 325-2709