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Winners of the Eighth Career Education Awards and the Seventh Awards for Partnerships for Career Education Promotion Determined FY2017 Symposium for Partnerships for Career Education Promotion and the commendation ceremony for the winners at the symposium to be held

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has been advancing efforts for the Career Education Program to convey to children the significance of labor and the links between school lessons and real life in order to foster their ability to achieve independence in their career and in daily life.

As part of these efforts, METI determined the winners of the Eighth Career Education Awards and the Seventh Awards for Partnerships for Career Education Promotion for their outstanding activities supporting educational initiatives in business communities.

On January 11, 2018, from 13:00, METI, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology(MEXT)and the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare(MHLW)will jointly organize and hold the FY2017 Symposium for Partnerships for Career Education Promotion. Taking this opportunity, the ministries will hold a commendation ceremony for the winners.

1. Outline of the award programs and winners

(1)The Eighth Career Education Awards

logoThe Career Education Awards program was established in FY2010, aiming to encourage and raise public awareness of enterprises' and economic organizations' approaches to supporting education. In FY2011, METI also began granting the Economy, Trade and Industry Minister's Awards(METI Minister's Awards)to entities with the most outstanding achievements.

In the FY2017 program, METI received 43 applications and chose three winners for METI Minister's Awards(including one Grand Prix winner), five winners for the Excellence Awards, and five winners for the Encouragement Awards, based on the results of a strict examination by an examination committee.

METI Minister's Awards(Grand Prix)

Large-enterprise category:
Hankyu Hanshin Holdings group
(Hankyu Hanshin Holdings, Inc., Hankyu Corporation, Hanshin Electric Railway Co., Ltd., and 29 other companies)
Note:
The Grand Prix is granted to the most comprehensively outstanding applicant from the winners of the three categories of METI Minister's Awards(Grand Awards).

METI Minister's Awards(Grand Awards)

SME category:
Chugoku New Business Conference
Coordinator category:
Toyama Monodzukuri Education Development Association for Junior High School Students

(2) The Seventh Awards for Partnerships for Career Education Promotion

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

In the FY2017 program, METI received 31 applications and determined one winner for the Grand Award, one winner for the Excellence Award, and five winners for the Encouragement Awards, based on the results of a strict examination by another examination committee.

Grand Award:
Regional Revitalization Project to Call Public Attention to Wakesizutani Senior High School
Note:
For the names of all winners and their efforts, see Appendices 1 and 2 of the Japanese language press release. For further details of these efforts, the reasons for selecting the winners and other information concerning the two awards, visit the following website.
Note:
For the member lists of the examination committees, see Appendix 3 of the Japanese language press release.

2. FY2017 Symposium for Partnerships for Career Education Promotion

On January 11(Thur.), 2018, from 13:00, METI, MEXT and MHLW will jointly organize and hold the FY2017 Symposium for Partnerships for Career Education Promotion at the National Institution for Youth Education National Olympics Memorial Youth Center(NYC)in Tokyo.

The symposium will include a variety of events, including a commendation ceremony for the winners of these two programs, speeches concerning career education by Mr. Yoshinao Mishima, President of Tokyo Institute of Technology(chair of the examination committees of both programs) and by a representative from Hankyu Hanshin Holdings, Inc. as a Grand Prix winner(METI Minister's Award) for the large-enterprise category of the Eighth Career Education Awards, a panel discussion by experts, and presentations by winners concerning their outstanding efforts.

To attend the symposium, visit the following website for prior registration.

Note:
For details and other information of the symposium, see Appendix 4. Acceptance of applications will be closed as soon as the fixed number is reached on a first-come-first-served basis. We recommend you file an application as early as possible.
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The term “career education” refers to a kind of education for promoting career development toward every student’s independence in a career and in daily life through fostering necessary skills and attitudes as the foundation for success in society. Specifically, career education encompasses not only direct career experience, such as on site education and internships, but also activities where students learn how school lessons on subjects including the Japanese language, mathematics, and science and be applied in a career.

Release date

December 4, 2017

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