Passport to Prosperity has been an initiative of the Ministry of Education in 1999 to promote more partnerships and connections between employers and the education community. The Passport to Prosperity grants are made available to business education councils, training boards, and other organizations like the Foundation For Education Perth Huron who have a history in running Career Awareness projects and building partnerships with employers and community groups.
Since 1999, the Foundation For Education has received 9 consecutive grants under this initiative, enabling it to build a large database of employers interested in classroom visits, industry tours, job shadowing, mentoring, work placements, and Career Days. This database is accessible to all teachers wishing to make these links to interested employers. In addition, the Passport funding has enabled the Foundation to run events that bring schools and employers and parents together or assist the schools in offering events like:
- Career Fairs,
- Industry Tours, or Trades Nights for Parents
- Girl Power Success,
- Girls Unlimited,
- and the Career Symposiums of the past three years
These are outstanding examples of major events involving career mentors and students.
The other vital component of the Passport Initiative is the marketing and promotion of these events and community partnerships to the media. Excellent media coverage accompanies many events while radio ads and regular newspaper columns featuring students who are doing co-op or OYAP work placements all profile the benefits of employers and educators working together to assist students and build our emerging work force.