Workforce development plays a key role in the long term economic success of the province. The involvement of students, educators, employers and industry associations in experiential learning is one way to play an effective role in determining and defining economic direction and subsequently, the career success of the next generation of employees. By talking to industry associations and employers, and bringing their ideas and concerns to government, OBEP helps to inform new policy development. By maintaining awareness of government programs, how they work, and how to access them, OBEP brings valuable information to industry associations and large employers.
Top advocacy issues for OBEP in 2012-2013 are:
- Enhancing youth employment opportunities in Ontario
- Research to understand the real benefits of educators and employers working together
- Identify the skills and opportunities youth need to help them achieve their potential and secure our Provincial economic prosperity
For more information on issues above or to provide input on another issue that’s important to your industry, contact us.
In October 2012 OBEP participated in the First Nations, Inuit and Metis Essential Skills Project (FIMESIP). A national project with goals to better understand the state of practice with resepct to Essential Skills initiatives tailored to First Nations, Inuit and Metis youth and adults living in diverse communities throughout Canada.
We participated in an on line survey outlining skills initiatives we currently employ, recommended others that could contribute to the research project and committed to being part of the community of practice moving forward. We look forward to continuing our work with this project.
Stay tuned for research on a school-to-work transition policy framework for Canada.