Preparing youth for the future of work
It takes a village to raise a child. We bring Waterloo Region together to help our kids:
- Better understand the world of work
- See a positive future for themselves
- Build a successful career path
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.
Career Conferences inform and inspire youth about career opportunities available to them in Waterloo Region, through interactive career exploration workshops led by industry professionals.
Making career decisions can be extremely overwhelming. At the BEP, we work to alleviate the stress of this journey by organizing career expos that help young people better understand their options, access detailed advice from industry experts, and figure out next steps.
Edge Factor is a platform that showcases career pathways, training opportunities, and local employers to students, parents, and educators through the power of cinematic storytelling.
The Partnership Portal is a free service connecting local educators to hundreds of industry professionals across Waterloo Region who have volunteered their time to support career development activities for students.
Workshops & Training
We work closely with our local school boards to organize customized workshops and training — led in partnership with industry professionals — that meet the needs of our local school communities.
Students, parents, teachers, and businesses often share how the BEP has made an impact on them. Here are some examples:
“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 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.”
“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.’”