As Ontario’s economy, workforce and job market continue to change, we need to encourage young workers to lead in innovation and generate new ideas and perspectives.
Safe, supportive and meaningful employment opportunities help equip young people to contribute, adapt and thrive.
What outcomes do we want to see for Ontario youth?
Why is this important?
A strong education can help young people to become successful, confident, creative, active and informed citizens. Education also promotes positive development and builds self-sufficiency. We know that supportive learning environments are linked to student achievement, better paying jobs, and enhanced wellbeing.
When young people have a strong education, they have an increased chance of getting a job, succeeding in the workplace, and becoming a community leader. Providing young Ontarians with access to a range of training opportunities to pursue their interests and skills enables them to contribute to their communities.
07. How can we support Ontario’s young people to get the skills they need?
We can help Ontario’s young people get the skills they need by:
- Continuing to invest in world-leading education by providing equitable access to primary, secondary and postsecondary education.
- Building 21st century skills by helping young people develop “Six Cs” skills: character, citizenship, communication, critical thinking and problem solving, collaboration and teamwork, and creativity and imagination.
- Providing opportunities for hands-on learning by providing more opportunities for young people to go on field trips or engage in job shadowing to gain hands on experiential learning experience.
08. How can we support Ontario’s education system to reflect diverse learning needs in education and program pathways?
We can help Ontario’s education system reflect diverse learning needs in education and program pathways by:
- Accommodating different learning styles by encouraging educators, peers, families, and communities to use different learning strategies that can adapt to individual styles and strengths by embracing the diversity of varying cultural, religious, and inclusive values.
- Responding to unique needs by providing students with special education requirements via accommodations and specialized educational services.
- Harnessing technology enabled learning by providing tools such as screen readers or speech to text software to help youth complete academic studies.
- Re-engaging youth at risk by ensuring that school drop outs and at risk youth have a wide range of options for being engaged in learning – apprenticeships, college, university, or on the job training.
09. How can we support Ontario’s youth in increasing success in post secondary education and apprenticeships?
We can support Ontario’s youth in increasing success in post secondary education and apprenticeships by:
- Supporting participation in apprenticeships and training by improving access to apprenticeships for key groups, including newcomer youth, Aboriginal people and women and broadening postsecondary success for at-risk youth, for example, Aboriginal youth, youth with disabilities or special needs, youth from low-income families and youth who are the first in their family to obtain postsecondary education.