Every young person has gifts and talents to offer the world
But in our rapidly changing world, youth face a greater challenge than ever determining how to translate them into a satisfying career path.
Our goal is that every young person in Waterloo Region can build their path to fulfilling careers. Through our work, young people:
- See new possibilities
- Feel more positive about their future
- Take control of their career development
Make a difference with us
Learn more about the impact we make and how you can get involved as a youth, parent, educator, employer or community member!
“As a teacher of Careers, Civics, and Healthy Active Living courses, I can say that the BEP program has enhanced each of my classes with quality guest speakers in an easy-to-use program. Thank you BEP for your time and energy toward bringing the community into my school!”
“The electrical engineer we spoke with at WalterFedy was great. The openness for sharing why he chose the field, high school classes that he took, why he loves his job, and the opportunities sparked excitement. My son left that conversation and said, ‘This is what I want to do.’”
“The Business & Education Partnership is a great way for me to let students know what jobs are out there, and what industries are out there, that they might not have even thought about as a job.”
Real world work experiences and insights for teens
Experiential Learning provides opportunities for grade 7 - 12 students to participate in rich learning experiences connected to a community outside school; reflecting on those experiences; and applying their newly gained knowledge.
Cooperative Education for High School
Co-operative Education is a learning partnership that provides high school students with valuable work experience while they are earning credits towards their graduation diploma.
Specialist High School Majors
The Specialist High Skills Majors (SHSM) program offers grade 11 and 12 students the chance to explore a specific community, economic or industrial sector to prepare for post-secondary destinations.
Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program
The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) is a School to Work program that opens the door for grade 11 or 12 students to explore and work in apprenticeship occupations.
Volunteering & Community Service
Community service is a volunteer role performed by one or more people to improve the lives of others, make the community a better place to live or care for our world.
Discover your ideal experiential learning opportunity
With so many experiential opportunities to be involved with, it may be difficult to know where to begin.
Whether you are a student, educator, business, or community organization, you can use this tool to find the types of experiential learning that suit you best, based on your goals and interests.