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Mississauga Recognized for Providing Outstanding School-Work Experiences for High School Students

Oct 18, 2017

The City of Mississauga received the 2016 Council for Experiential Learning’s Ontario Employer Designation supported by the Government of Ontario. This is the second year in a row the City was recognized for providing outstanding school-work experiences for high school students.  
The designation recognizes employers who offer students the opportunity to participate in job shadowing, school-work transitions, mentoring, classroom or worksite visits, career talks and co-operative education.
“We are proud to provide co-operative learning experiences, meaningful seasonal work opportunities, internships and volunteer opportunities for the students in our community,” said Sharon Willock, Director of Human Resources. “Over the last two years, 17 high school students have participated in co-operative education experiences in the areas of Information Technology, Parks Operations, Fitness and Wellness and Facility Operations. They had the chance to obtain hands-on experience in the field and gain exposure to different job opportunities.”
The City was given the designation based on its variety of work and volunteer opportunities for high school students, including: 
• A summer work experience program in partnership with Community Living Mississauga and Region of Peel Summer Job Challenge
• Volunteer placements in partnership with Peel Children’s Aid Society
• Take Our Kids to Work Day
• Inclusion Project volunteer placements in partnership with the Peel Board of Education
• A Leader in Training Program in the Recreation division
Willock further explained, “The City also offers job shadowing opportunities and actively participates in youth-focused initiatives such as youth job fairs and employment expos. Together, these programs have a positive impact on the lives and career prospects of Mississauga’s high school students and support the City’s Youth Plan.”

About the Ontario Employer Designation
The designation was created in 2010 and recognizes extraordinary employers that are supporting the future of significant numbers of high school students across Ontario. The Council for Experiential Learning (CEL) was created to foster experiential learning connections, recognize businesses with the Ontario Employer Designation and the Ontario Champion Awards and advise government. The work of the CEL is supported by the Government of Ontario.

Members of Council, City Leadership Team and staff from the City's Human Resources Division receive the 2016 Council for Experiential Learning’s Ontario Employer Designation. [Download hi-res image]


Media Contact:
Laurel Schut
Manager, Corporate Communications
City of Mississauga
905-615-3200, ext. 5832
TTY: 905-896-5151