Ontario Employers Recognized for Helping Students Gain Hands-On Experience
Trillium Health Partners and Delta Power Equipment Supporting Future Careers
Two Ontario employers - Trillium Health Partners and Delta Power Equipment - were recognized at the annual Ontario Cooperative Education Association (OCEA) conference for providing high school students with learning opportunities in workplace settings.
The two companies received the Employer Champion Award for connecting high school students in Mississauga and Warwick with valuable work experience, including job shadowing, school-work transition programs, mentoring and co-operative education placements.
Experiential learning gives students the chance to explore different career options beyond the classroom and provides them with an opportunity to build the skills they need to succeed in the workplace. Helping students achieve success in the classroom and in their future careers is a key goal of Ontario's renewed vision for education. Other goals of the vision include: ensuring equity, promoting well-being and enhancing public confidence.
Helping more students succeed is part of the government's economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.
- An estimated 40,000 employers across the province provide over 83,000 high school students with valuable work-related learning opportunities through numerous activities and programs, including Ontario’s Co-operative Education programs.
- Approximately 44,000 high school students are enrolled in Specialist High Skills Major programs this year, with each one spending up to 220 hours in co-operative education work placements in their sector of focus.
- Ontario’s five year graduation rate has risen to 84 per cent, which is 16 percentage points higher than the 2004 rate of 68 per cent.
- The percentage of students graduating in four years is now 76 per cent, up from 56 per cent in 2004.
“Meaningful learning opportunities, like those provided by Trillium Health Partners and Delta Power Equipment, are helping students gain valuable experience that will help them reach their future career aspirations. By getting this experience today, our students will be better prepared for the jobs of tomorrow.”
“For more than 15 years, we’ve offered a variety of learning experiences for students in the Mississauga area. These are important partnerships that provide development opportunities for students while supporting the work we do for patients and families each day at Trillium Health Partners.”
“We've worked closely with our local high school, North Lambton Secondary School to provide a wide range of learning opportunities for the students through co-op, Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program and Specialist High Skills Majors program. They gain experience from learning about accounting, parts, and farm equipment repair and service. We also like being able to train and hire local students, because many often stay within the community. A lot of local farmers and businesses like the fact that it is someone they know fixing, maintaining and servicing their farm equipment.”