Niagara educators and business leaders team up for experiential learning

The District School Board of Niagara (DSBN), in partnership with Niagara Workforce Planning Board (NWPB), will be holding their annual experiential learning day on Friday Nov. 17, 2017. This yearly event provides Niagara educators with the opportunity to create and strengthen connections with local businesses.

Through this initiative, educators participate in job shadowing and guided observation with one of Niagara’s local employers. The program’s goal is to provide a practical learning experience that can be brought back to the classroom and passed on to students. Niagara’s students will gain a deeper understanding of the skills and competencies required in the workplace, as well as the educational requirements expected in pursuing a career in these fields. Industry leaders benefit from a chance to connect with the people educating their future workforce, while having their voices heard in shaping the skills they require from their future employees.

Niagara Workforce Planning Board is taking an active role in this initiative with the intention of addressing issues of youth retention and skills alignment. Mario De Divitiis, NWPB’s Chief Executive Officer, says of this initiative, “Everybody benefits by bringing educators and businesses together like this. Teachers are facilitated with space to connect curriculum to real world scenarios. Meanwhile, industry leaders get the chance to showcase their businesses and build relationships for future co-op placements, internships, and employment opportunities. This is one of the many ways we are working to ensure Niagara’s workforce is properly aligned to employer needs.”

DSBN Superintendent of Secondary Education Paula Mackinnon says experiential learning is tremendously beneficial for both students and staff.

“We will have over 60 secondary teachers participate in this initiative. They will be able to share their learning with students, helping them to connect theory with its real-world application,” said Mackinnon.

This event will be held in workplaces throughout Niagara on Friday, November 17, 2017, with each session scheduled for 2 to 3 hours of either the morning or afternoon. Local employers interested in participating in this program are encouraged to contact Project Coordinator Laura Fyfe at lfyfe@niagaraworkforceboard.ca.

Source – Niagara Workforce Planning Board press release

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