Today is Take Our Kids to Work day, meaning grade nine students across the country will be joining their parents or guardians into the field of work for a day to see just what goes on in the workplace.
The Canada-wide program, launched in 1994, aims to help students learn the skills and abilities they’ll need in the future and teach them what skills are most important in the workplace.
The learning is done in a group environment, not as an actual shadow of a parent. Each group will attend a business that is certified through the Learning Partnership and will together have an opportunity to see many different aspects of an entire workplace.
For employers, the program provides a chance to promote their industry and the professionals within it so they can attract future specialists for their field. All companies involved receive a Take Our Kids to Work digital information package that includes materials workplaces can use to host the day, as well as name or logo recognition on the Learning Partnership’s website.
Participating companies are also eligible to participate in a post-event survey and to receive an official certificate of participation and digital signature recognizing their organization's participation.
Take Our Kids to Work is the most recognized career readiness program in Canada with more than 200,000 students visiting workplaces every year on the first Wednesday of November, according to information from the Learning Partnership.