Business/Education Task Force

The Business Education Task Force: Promoting, Advancing and Supporting Business-Education Partnerships

Business leaders know the skills students need for the jobs of tomorrow.
Educators know how to nurture those skills.

The Business Education Task Force was created to bring these two groups together to identify and address the widening gap between ‘jobs without people’ and ‘people without jobs’.  Businesses and educators understand that they are key stakeholders in ensuring that our students are well prepared to embrace the challenges of a complex global economy. ​As a result of our 2012 Education Summit, business leaders declared they wanted to help publicly funded education in Canada but needed to know how.

They required the guidance of educators to better understand how exactly can business get involved with advancing our public education system.  As a result, The Learning Partnership created the Business-Education Task Force to explore positive and productive business-education partnerships.

​Read the recommendations put forth in the paper Public Education 2.0.

Ontario Business Education Task Force Meets - Fall 2013
In response to the recommendations contained in the report Public Education 2.0. The Learning Partnership brought together leaders from business and education to discuss how we can all work together to help advance students' education and future. This was the first of ten such meetings we will hold across Canada. The purpose of the Task Force is to articulate regional strategies to develop more effective business and education partnerships that support to advance public education for students. The Ontario Business Education Task Force was Co-Chaired by Ken Fredeen (Chair, Panel on Labour Market Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities, and General Counsel, Deloitte LLP) and The Learning Partnership CEO Akela Peoples. Look for the Task Force’s report early in 2014.
Did you know?
  • From an economic perspective, countries with a greater proportion of students in vocational education tend to have lower youth unemployment
  • Only 19% of post-secondary students chose a field of study were in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) fields
  • 30% of Canadian employers face a skilled labour shortage, especially in high growth employment sectors requiring STEM skills
  • The Learning Partnership created the Business Education Task Force in 2013 directly as an outcome of the first Education Summit which identified the need and urgency of such a partnership

The Task Force includes representatives from: 
  • Government
  • Business and Industry
  • Skills Training
  • Banking
  • Non-Profits and Non-Government Organizations
  • K-12 and Post-Secondary Education
Between March 2014 and June 2015 we will be visiting every province to host a similar discussion. Contact Gareth Blair at gblair@thelearningpartnership.ca to find out how to get involved in your community.
Our economic future depends on a strong public education system. Join the conversation!
Working together for a stronger future!
Gerry Connelly
Director, Policy & Knowledge Mobilization
Phone: 416 440 5125 
Email: gconnelly@thelearningpartnership.ca
Gareth Blair
Manager, Policy & Knowledge Mobilization
Phone: 416 440 5103
Email:  gblair@thelearningpartnership.ca