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Winners of the Fourth Career Education Awards and the Third Awards for Partnerships for Career Education Promotion- Commendation ceremony to be held at the FY2013 Symposium for Partnerships for Career Education Promotion -

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has been promoting career education projects that foster children’s capabilities toward their social and occupational independence by helping children to learn the meaning of work, as well as promoting links between school education and society.

METI hereby announces that the winners have been decided for the Fourth Career Education Awards and the Third Awards for Partnerships for Career Education Promotion, in which outstanding education support activities conducted by business communities are recognized. A commendation ceremony will be held at the FY2013 Symposium for Partnerships for Career Education Promotion on February 21, 2014.

1. Outline of the Awards

1) Career Education Awards

The Career Education Awards were established in FY2010, aiming at encouraging and raising public awareness of enterprises’ and economic organizations’ approaches to supporting education. In FY2011, METI also started granting the Economy, Trade and Industry Minister’s Awards to such entities that have achieved the most outstanding efforts.

2) Awards for Partnerships for Career Education Promotion

The Awards for Partnerships for Career Education Promotion were established in FY2011 with the aim of encouraging and raising public awareness of efforts conducted jointly and collectively by people involved in education (schools, boards of education, etc.), those in local governments (executive agencies, etc.), and communities and societies (NPOs, PTA organizations, etc.), or business communities (economic associations, enterprises, etc.), for the purpose of promoting efforts for career education focusing on schools.

2. Winners (businesses/organizations)

1) Career Education Awards

Grand Award (the winner was selected from the three winners of the METI Minister’s Awards)
Iwamurada-honmachi Shopping Arcade Promotion Association
Title of project:
A program for supporting the independence of children requiring care, the first such initiative by a shopping arcade, Iwamurada Shotengai, in Japan!

2) Awards for Partnerships for Career Education Promotion

First Award for Excellence
Hyogo Prefectural Board of Education, and Board of Education for Hyogo Municipal Education Associations

Note: For all winners of the two awards programs above please refer to Appendices 1(PDF:1,226KB) PDF File(in Japanese) and 2 (PDF:205KB) PDF File(in Japanese). In addition, details of the winners’ efforts and the reasons for their selection will be publicized on the following METI website at a later date:
http://www.meti.go.jp/policy/economy/jinzai/career-education/award.html (in Japanese)

2. Selection procedure

There were 60 applications received for the Fourth Career Education Awards and 75 for the Third Awards for Partnerships for Career Education Promotion by the closing date on November 29, 2013. According to the examination criteria, the Secretariat screened the applicants to decide on candidate winners to be further examined by the examination committee.

Following the screening, members of the examination committee examined the candidate winners recommended by the Secretariat and decided on the winners.

3. Commendation ceremony

A commendation ceremony will be held at the FY2013 Symposium for Partnerships for Career Education Promotion. For details of the symposium, see Appendix 3.(PDF:231KB) PDF File(in Japanese)

Reference 1:

News release concerning the call for applicants for the Fourth Career Education Awards and the Third Awards for Partnerships for Career Education Promotion:
http://www.meti.go.jp/english/press/2013/0819_04.html

Reference 2:

Career education means education to promote career development toward the social and occupational independence of every student through fostering the requisite capabilities and attitudes as the required foundation for success in society. Specifically, the career education contains not only direct occupational experience, such as occupational experience activities and internships, but also activities to have students learn about links between school lessons on Japanese language, mathematics, science, etc., and society.

Release Date

January 10, 2014

Division in Charge

Human Resources Policy Office, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau

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