A word from our Executive Director
The Halton Industry Education Council has been fostering partnerships between industry and education for the past 20 years. At a time when there is an increasing emphasis on the need for a competitive workforce, our efforts to work together as a community towards common solutions to shared issues has never been more important.
This past academic year has been another exciting year for HIEC. We expanded our premises, had many generous donations of office furniture and technology, and grew our staff once again. HIEC has been very fortunate to be surrounded by advocates of our work "to inspire youth in Halton to make informed decisions" as we celebrated our fifteenth anniversary in the Fall and the Spring through our Breakfast with the Mayors Program. This year we welcomed original board members back and honoured their contribution, had some very dynamic keynote speakers and launched our work on the Student Success initiative through partnership with the HDSB and HCDSB.
One of the years most significant highlights was a new program we added through an Ontario Women's Directorate partnership called "Women as Career Coaches". This mentoring event for young women exceeded our expectations and showcased the capacity of women in our region to make a difference in the lives of young people as they explore pathways into their future.
HIEC's unique vision extends to all our programs.
Our Halton Apprenticeship Advisory Council actually witnessed the signing of a female carpenter apprentice at the Honour Roll event which had a record attendance and recognized 6 outstanding employers for their commitment to excellence in the skilled trades (with great media attention). These successes in promoting the skilled trades are just a few of many and are all highlighted on our award winning website apprenticesearch.com which continues to receive more than 67,000 hits a day from all over the world. This year as part of our marketing strategy HIEC entered into an exciting sponsorship of our very own Ontario Pro Challenge race car driven by Tim Norris.
Our flagship Grade 8 Career Awareness Program reached more than 5,000 students this year through our Real Game Program and Grade 8 Career Centre visit and our key partner Attridge Transportation graciously donated bussing to meet the transportation needs of all 200 classes. We also made significant efforts this year to extend learning into the community through our Passport to Prosperity initiative and school to career branding campaign. We were very fortunate to have some of our more than 2000 employers from our school to career database open their doors and welcome teacher tours into their workplaces to discuss experiential learning. The teachers in attendance were excited to see what is going on in industry and industry was delighted to share their workforce development needs. Of course, many of these employers also exhibited at our Careers Unlimited Career Fair at Lester B. Pearson High School in Burlington on February 22, 2005. With the help of more than 50 volunteers we had over 200 exhibitors and 1,000 youth, parents, educators and community members attend.
All of these accomplishments, expansions and new programs would not have been possible without the dedication of our stakeholders, our staff, our Board of Directors and contributors. We have also benefited from increased support from the four municipalities in Halton who continue to value the work of HIEC and the short and long term impact of our work on the development of a work ready youth and a business community well positioned to hire them.
It is an exciting time and I encourage all of you to join us as we continue to promote Halton as a part of Canada where there are jobs, a skilled workforce, a healthy economy, commitment to young people and a community proud of its accomplishments. To all our partners past and present, I thank you for your contribution and time, expertise and financial resources and look forward to your continued support. As a matter of fact Halton youth are counting on it.
Halton Industry Education Council