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November 6: Rainbow Schools participate in Take Our Kids to Work
Grade 9 students in Rainbow Schools will spend the day at work job shadowing a parent, relative, friend or volunteer host on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 as part of the national Take Our Kids to Work program.
“Grade 9 students will experience the world of work and the variety of career opportunities that await them,” says Rainbow District School Board Chair Doreen Dewar. “We thank area businesses for opening their doors and welcoming our students into their places of work.”
Take Our Kids to Work benefits students in many ways. “When students make the connection between the classroom and the world of work, they understand the importance of staying in school and getting a secondary school diploma,” says Norm Blaseg, Director of Education for Rainbow District School Board. “They learn first-hand about the skills required in today’s workplace and get to explore career options alongside a parent or friend.”
He adds: “Local employers have an important role to play in preparing their future workforce. It’s a role they take seriously, evident by strong community support for Co-operative Education, the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program, the Specialist High Skills Majors and other experiential learning opportunities such as the Take Our Kids to Work program. The day will serve as a catalyst to engage students in career discussions with adults in a variety of fields.”
The Learning Partnership, a national not-for-profit organization, sponsors Take Our Kids to Work. Now in its 25th year, the program provides Grade 9 students with the opportunity to experience and learn about the world of work as they begin to explore possible career paths.
Over 200,000 Grade 9 students and some 75,000 businesses and organizations nationwide participate in Take Our Kids to Work day annually. The Learning Partnership began the program in Ontario in 1994, and has since expanded to reach students in all provinces and territories across Canada.
Students can obtain more information about Take Our Kids to Work at area Rainbow secondary schools. Parents of participating students will be required to complete and sign a consent form. Parents should check with employers about any age restrictions for placement. Employers are encouraged to identify any specific cautions or information that students will need to know about ahead of time to ensure a safe workplace visit. All Grade 9 students will receive Workplace Health and Safety awareness training in preparation for their day out in the world of work.
Nicole Charette, Senior Advisor
Corporate Communications and Strategic Planning
Rainbow District School Board, 705-674-3171 ext. 7217