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Joint Press Release with the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and the Ministry of Health, Labour and WelfareWinners of the Sixth Career Education Awards and the Fifth Awards for Partnerships for Career Education Promotion-FY 2015 Symposium for Partnerships for Career Education Promotion will also be held, jointly with the commendation ceremony for the award winners-

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 them learn the meaning of work, as well as promoting links between school education and society.
METI hereby announces that winners have been decided for the Sixth Career Education Awards and the Fifth Awards for Partnerships for Career Education Promotion, in which outstanding education support activities conducted by the business community are recognized.
In addition, the FY 2015 Symposium for Partnerships for Career Education Promotion will be held from 1:00 p.m. on December 17, 2015, organized by METI, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), and the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW), and at the symposium, a commendation ceremony for the award winners will also be held.

1. Outline of the Awards and winners (businesses/organizations)

1) Sixth Career Education Awards

The Career Education Awards program was established in FY 2010, aiming to encourage and raise public awareness of enterprises’ and economic organizations’ approaches to supporting education. In FY 2011, METI also began granting the Economy, Trade and Industry Minister’s Awards (METI Minister’s Awards) to such entities that have achieved the most outstanding achievements.
METI called for applicants for the FY 2015 awards program and received 39 applications. The examination committee screened the applicants through a fair and impartial process and selected three for the METI Minister’s Award, including one for the Grand Award, four for the Excellence Awards, and five for the Encouragement Awards.

Grand Award: Sekisui Chemical Co., Ltd.
Note: The winner of the Grand Award was selected from the following three winners of the METI Minister’s Award (winners of the First Award for Excellence in each category):
Large enterprise category: Sekisui Chemical Co., Ltd.
SME category: Dyson KK
Coordinator category: OCEAN 21 Co., Ltd.

2) Fifth Awards for Partnerships for Career Education Promotion

The Awards for Partnerships for Career Education Promotion program was established in FY 2011 jointly with MEXT, 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.), communities and society (NPOs, PTA organizations, etc.), and business communities (economic associations, enterprises, etc.), for the purpose of promoting efforts for career education focusing on schools.
METI called for applicants for the FY 2015 program and received 23 applications. The examination committee screened the applicants through a fair and impartial examination and selected one for the First Award for Excellence, one for the Excellence Award, and three for the Encouragement Awards.

First Award for Excellence: Kyoto Committee for the Promotion of Projects for Enabling Children to Experience Manufacturing

Note: For all winners in the two above awards programs, please refer to Appendix 1(PDF:502KB) PDF File and Appendix2(PDF:440KB) PDF File (in Japanese). In addition, the details of the winners’ efforts and the reasons for their selection will be publicized on the following METI web page at a later date:
http://www.meti.go.jp/policy/economy/jinzai/career-education/award.html (in Japanese)

Note: See Appendix 3(PDF:120KB) PDF File (in Japanese) for a list of the members of the examination committee.

2. Symposium for Partnerships for Career Education Promotion

The FY 2015 Symposium for Partnerships for Career Education Promotion will be held at the National Olympics Memorial Youth Center from 1:00 p.m. on December 17 (Thu.), 2015, organized by METI, MEXT, and the MHLW.
At the symposium, the following events will be held in addition to the commendation ceremony for the Sixth Career Education Awards and the Fifth Awards for Partnerships for Career Education Promotion:
Lectures by Dr. Yoshinao Mishima (President, Tokyo Institute of Technology, and member of the examination committee for the awards programs)) and Mr. Minekazu Fujimura (representative of General Incorporated Association DIRECTFORCE (former CEO, Bridgestone Europe, Co., Ltd.));
A panel discussion by experts; and Presentations of case studies by the winners.
If you wish to attend the symposium, please register via the following web page:
http://www.meti.go.jp/policy/economy/jinzai/career-education/h27sympo.html (in Japanese)

Note: See Appendix 4(PDF:139KB) PDF File (in Japanese) for information on matters such as the Symposium program.
If an excess of people apply, participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. We recommend registration as early as possible.

Reference 1

Reference 2

Career education refers to a kind of education for promoting career development toward the social and occupational independence of every student through fostering the requisite capabilities and attitudes as the foundation needed for success in society. Specifically, career education encompasses not only direct occupational experience, such as occupational experience activities and internships, but also activities to have students learn about the links between society and school lessons on subjects including the Japanese language, mathematics, and science.

Release date

November 10, 2015

Division in charge

Human Resources Policy Office, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau

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