Take Our Kids to Work Day (on November 1, 2017, in most provinces and territories) is an annual opportunity to educate future workers about great manufacturing jobs, boost employee morale, and raise your profile in the community. Before you dismiss the idea of taking part, read on!
|What do high schoolers (a.k.a. your future workforce) think when you say: Firefighter, Doctor, Accountant, Spy?|
|What do they think of when you say: Manufacturer?|
Many of our members have found creative ways to allow employees and their Grade 9 children to take part in Take Your Kid to Work Day with relatively minor disruptions and high safety. For specific schedules, activities, resources, and advice, send an email to Member Needs Help, requesting the files on “Bring Your Kids to Work.”
In general, members don’t have the kids hang around with their parent the whole day. Family members are often only together for a brief welcome, lunch, and a period of job shadowing with their parent (half an hour to an hour). The rest of the day is filled with scheduled rotations through the many different careers that are necessary to run a modern plant: safety, sales, customer service, quality control, testing, HR, design, materials handling, production, accounting, maintenance, etc.
Some companies are strategic, and spend more time in areas where they traditionally find difficulty hiring. Having younger employees talk about their career paths in each area is often motivating to high schoolers. If the kids can make something to take home with them, it’s a huge value add to the day. The more hands-on activities that can be incorporated in each area, the better.
Now is the time to ask your employees if they have children who are in Grade 9 and start to plan! Every single manufacturer can contribute to raising the reputation of manufacturing and making manufacturers the employers of choice.