I have always been a huge proponent of student mentorship programs. In fact, I had brought a motion forward to Council a couple of years ago to have the City of Vaughan look at mentorship programs on a larger scale for all Departments. I think it is important to provide students with the capability to learn through experience and to learn through on hands shadowing.
Recently, the Facilities Department within the City of Vaughan partnered with Seneca College to host their first ever Field Placement Program. This program consisted of a 10-day placement over an 8-week period. Five students participated in the placement, and all students are in their graduating year in Mechanical Engineering-Building Sciences at Seneca College. They assisted the Facilities Department in writing SOP (standard operating procedures), as well as a report on Energy Intensity. They shadowed day to day operating procedures and behind the scenes job description elements. All students were presented with A Certificate of Appreciation on April 29, 2019, and I was happy to participate in this event and to speak to the students on their goals and the benefits of the placement program.
I actually participate myself through the University of Toronto Job Shadowing program. I also participate in their Career Centre contact program. Through both programs, I often bring in students into my office for a few days to shadow my job and my office. My office sets up various tours and meetings for them with various departments they are interested in, and it provides students with a glimpse into the careers that are available through municipal government.