The Career Education Council held their annual breakfast this morning to thank the businesses that have participated in their programs. More than 5,000 students are engaged each year through the CEC’s programs. CEC programs make students aware of career opportunities throughout the community in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.
I attended to recognize the important work of the CEC and the businesses who make their programs a success for students throughout our community.
The City of Guelph has benefited significantly from our partnership with the Career Education Council. Like other workplaces, employee recruitment is a challenge and the attraction of talented, motivated, and skilled young people is part of the solution.
City employees visit classrooms during Local Government Week to talk about different career opportunities in local government. We host students for learning opportunities during Public Works Week. Our staff have participated in programs such as the College Heights Career Fair, Take Our Kids to Work Day, Career Pathways event for grade 8 students, and “Your Future, Your Choice” career and education fair.
Members of our staff have also been involved on the Board of CEC.
We currently have 18 Co-op Placements. We have expanded our program to include more high school students and the response from staff has been extremely positive.