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Ontario Honouring Ottawa-Region Employers for Providing Work Experience for Students

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Ontario Honouring Ottawa-Region Employers for Providing Work Experience for Students

Employers Helping Students Gain Valuable Skills for Future Careers

Ministry of Education

Four Ontario employers were recognized at the annual Ontario Cooperative Education Association conference for providing high school students with quality hands-on learning opportunities in the community.

The Ottawa-area employers received the Employer Champion Award for connecting high school students in their communities with work experiences including job shadowing, school-work transition programs and cooperative education placements. The employers honoured were:

Offering experiential learning opportunities gives students the chance to explore different career opportunities 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 students achieve success is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes investing in talent and skills, including helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history and investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.

Quick Facts

  • An estimated 40,000 employers across the province provide more than 70,000 high school students with valuable work-related learning opportunities through numerous activities and programs, including Ontario’s cooperative education programs.
  • Approximately 46,000 high school students are enrolled in Specialist High Skills Major programs this year, with each one spending at least 220 hours in cooperative education placements in their sector of focus.
  • To find new ideas and ways to improve experiential learning opportunities for students, Ontario has launched consultations on the future of community-connected experiential learning in the province.

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“Meaningful cooperative education learning opportunities help students gain valuable experience and encourage them to reach their future career aspirations. Young people deserve every opportunity to find their passion, and these four employers are great models for showing how we can all inspire and support our future workforce.”

Liz Sandals

Minister of Education

“My staff and I are very proud to be working closely with young people in our community. We’ve made a commitment, in partnership with the local high school, to mentor co-op students and help them learn about the necessary skills for auto mechanics. It’s one way, as an employer, that we can help the next generation enter the workforce with the knowledge, skills and experience they need to succeed.”

Don Kavanaugh

Automotive Service Technician/Owner, AAA Kavtech Inc.

“During the last 15 years, we’ve had the pleasure of training and hiring a great many co-op students. And thanks to the placement opportunities we’ve been able to provide, we’ve even seen a number of students stay in school, instead of dropping out. It’s those stories that remind us that helping to train young people can make a difference — for both students and employers.”

Doug Jordan

Manager, Canadian Tire

“As Ontario’s Francophone academic hospital, it is part of Montfort’s mission to train the next generation of French-speaking health professionals. The partnerships with education institutions, such as the FOCUS - Health Care and Medical Technologies program, that was launched in 2014 with the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est, provide important development opportunities for students of the Ottawa region, while supporting the work we do each day for patients and families at Montfort.”

Rémi Dumais

Co-op Coordinator, Montfort Hospital

“Every year, tv ROGERS and ROGERS tv place more than 100 French- and English-speaking students from the Ottawa region and provide them with an opportunity to explore television broadcasting. As members of this community, we are committed to providing students the opportunity to receive an exceptional workplace experience.”

Jean-François Dufault

Volunteer Coordinator, tv ROGERS/ROGERS tv

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