Preparing for tomorrow’s jobs today

Peggy Sattler, NDP Critic for Training, Colleges & Universities and MPP for London West, re-introduced legislation that will create more high-quality, paid work opportunities for postsecondary students, such as co-ops, field placements, and internships. 
The Learning through Workplace Experience Act has secured the endorsement of organizations representing employers, college and university students, and postsecondary institutions. By giving students relevant work experiences while they are studying, the bill will reduce the number of young people who feel forced to take exploitative unpaid internships after they graduate.

Petition to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario:
 
Whereas youth unemployment in Ontario is over 15%; and

Whereas research suggests that work experience is a crucial factor in ensuring positive labour market outcomes for post-secondary students; and

Whereas many post-secondary students are unable to gain relevant work experience, or participate in work experiences that do not effectively integrate with their academic program of study; and
Whereas a 2013 report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives recommended that Ontario make much greater use of innovative work-integrated learning programs to combat youth unemployment.
 
WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to:

  1. Bring together students, post-secondary institutions and employers in a provincial Advisory Council on Work-Integrated Learning, mandated to make recommendations to the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities on various issues including:

a. how to engage more employers in providing paid work-integrated learning (WIL), and to improve regulation of unpaid WIL;

b. how to support post-secondary institutions in delivering quality WIL experiences for students;

c. how to ensure that all qualified students who are interested in participating in WIL are able to participate across different faculties and fields of study.

Will you sign?






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