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Career Fairs:  Special events where students meet post-secondary educators, employers, employees, or human resource professionals to learn about education and work opportunities. Typically takes 2 hours to 1/2 day.  One business participant can effectively reach 10 - 40 students.

Career Talks:  Employers and employees visit students in the classroom and explain work in their industry or company.  Usually takes 1-2 hours per classroom visit; one employee can reach 20 - 25 students with each visit.

Curriculum Development:  Integrate curriculum that links academic and workplace knowledge
and skills.

Job ShadowingA student follows an employee at a company location to learn about a particular occupation within an industry.  Varies from 1 day to several visits over the courses of a semester.
Effective employee / student ratio 1:1-4.

Mentoring:  Employees who possess workplace skills and knowledge instruct and critique the student and work in consultation with the employer and teachers.

Paid EmploymentStudents work for pay to learn about particular occupation and / or industry.  Activities may include special projects, tasks from different job or just one facet of a business operation.  Opportunities will be coordinated through the Career Specialist at the different school sites.

Teacher Externships:  Employer provides opportunities for faculty and administrations to explore an industry or company to develop knowledge of skills requirements in the 21st century workplace.  Remuneration may or may not be included.  Length of time varies.

Workplace and Industry ToursStudents visit the workplace, talk with employers and employees and observe workplace activities.  Each visit requires 1-2 hours.  The effective employee / student ratio is 1: 15-20

Work experience:  On the job experience is a key element of School-to-work programs.  The law gives employers considerable latitude in how to implement work experience.  Whether a student worker is paid or not will be determined by the business education partnership under which your STOWA program operates.
The benefit to you:  Applicants have credentials that show you exactly what they know and can do.

Instruction in workplace skills:  You will help your student workers learn general workplace skills like teamwork and problem solving.
The benefit to you:  Employees with the right attitudes and work habits as well as skills.

Teaching all aspects of an industry:  To the extent practical, you will provide broad instruction in all facets of your industry.  Such as management, finances, and health and safety issues.
The Benefit to you:  Well rounded employees who can make a real contribution to your business.

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