27 2016

Partnership Summit unveils Premier’s Highly Skilled Workforce Expert Panel recommendations

June 27th 2016
On June 23, the Ontario Premier’s Highly Skilled Workforce Expert Panel released its recommendations at The Learning Partnership’s 2016 Partnership Summit, held in conjunction with the Office of the Premier at the offices of Tory’s LLP, in downtown Toronto. The work of the panel has been aimed at ensuring Ontario remains a competitive force within the global economy and evolving workforce.
Partnership Summit 2016 - The Learning Partnership
Partnership Summmit 2016 - CEO Roundtable

“The recommendations of the expert panel provide important guidance for policy makers and educational institutions across the province, and the Premier and the panel are to be commended for their leadership in this area,” says Akela Peoples, President and CEO of The Learning Partnership. “Ontario’s publicly funded schools have a major role to play in cultivating the skills employers are looking for now and in the years ahead. Partnerships and collaborations between educational institutions and business are key, and the recommendations support that approach.”

More than 90 government, education and business leaders gathered at the Summit, including Ontario Deputy Minister and Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development Deb Matthews, Minister of Education Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Research, Innovation and Science Reza Moridi, and Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Laura Albanese.

The recommendations cover a number of themes, including Partnerships and Local Leadership, Experiential Learning and Mentorship and the Promotion of Multiple Career Pathways. Highlights include recommending that every student have at least one experiential learning opportunity by the end of secondary school, exposing students to a variety of learning pathways and career opportunities, and encouraging school boards to work with employers to develop community approaches to career counselling.

The Summit also featured keynote presentations from Ted Graham, Innovation Leader at PwC Canada and author of “The Uber of Everything,” and Ali Jaffer, Associate Principal of McKinsey & Company. Graham spoke about the future of the sharing economy and workforce, while Jaffer talked about business and education collaborations and the importance of engaging small and medium enterprises in experiential learning for students.

You can read the HSW Expert Panel’s full report and list of recommendations on the Government of Ontario website.