Step into your future for a day!
On November 14, Grade 9 students will have the opportunity to participate in Take Our Kids to Work Day. This is a great chance for students to get a glimpse into what the workplace is like. Students can experience the working world of a parent, relative, friend or volunteer host.
To participate, students will need to fill out and submit the consent form to their school.
What is Take our Kids to Work Day?
Launched in 1994, Take Our Kids to Work Day is the most recognized career exploration event in Canada. Developed by The Learning Partnership, the annual event occurs in November each year. On Wednesday, November 14th, 2018, Grade 9 students across Canada will spend the day at the workplace of a parent, relative, friend or volunteer host.
How can I create an exciting day for students?
Speak with your HR department. Some workplaces plan larger events or have multiple employees bringing students to work. Register on our website to access resources to help plan a great Take Our Kids to Work Day!
Where can students go for the day?
Parents/guardians are encouraged to invite their children to join them at work, but if this is not possible, there are other ways for your child to participate:
- Ask a relative, neighbour, or family friend to take your child to work.
- Ask another parent, such as a parent of your child’s friend who is taking their child to work, if your child can join them for the day.
- Contact your child’s school and inquire if they can assist you with finding a suitable placement.
- Contact local businesses and ask if they are participating in Take Our Kids to Work day. Inquire if someone within their organization would be willing to host your child, providing you make the necessary transportation arrangements.
How do I ensure student safety?
It is essential that both students and parents receive information about health and safety prior to their workplace visit. Parents need to be aware of the work that their children are engaging in on this day and ask questions about the health and safety provisions. Consult with your organization’s health and safety committee to advise in preparation for November 14th. Links to other organizations with workplace health and safety expertise and materials can be accessed through thelearningpartnership.ca/tokw.
Are there any other resources students can use?
Real Talk – Real Talk helps students make better choices about their post-secondary options by offering them peer-to-peer perspectives, tips and advice from young people who have recently made the school-to-work transition – visit realtalk.careers.
Virtual reality workplace experiences – These videos let students explore a range of work environments and meet employees who share insights on their jobs. They are available for free on YouTube and compatible with most virtual reality headsets – visit the Learning Partnership website to see 25 virtual reality workplace experiences.
What happens after November 14?
- Encourage your child to write thank you notes to those they worked with.
- Look for opportunities that may further build on what students have learned.
- Follow-up on whether the experience sparked future career plans.
Learn more by visiting thelearningpartnership.ca/TOKW