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Winners of the 9th Career Education Awards and the 8th Awards for Partnerships for Career Education Promotion Selected

METI will hold the commendation ceremony for the winners at the FY2018 Symposium for Partnerships for Career Education Promotion

December 7, 2018

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 selected winners of the 9th Career Education Awards and the 8th Awards for Partnerships for Career Education Promotion for their outstanding activities for supporting educational initiatives by business communities.

On January 18, 2019, 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 the FY2018 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 9th Career Education Awards

The Career Education Awards program was established in FY2010, aiming to encourage and raise public awareness of enterprises’ and economic organizations’ efforts for 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 FY2018 program, METI received 36 applications and selected two winners for METI Minister’s Awards (out of which, one winner for the Grand Prix), six winners for the Excellent Awards, and four winners for the Encouragement Awards, based on the results of a strict examination by an examination committee.

METI Minister’s Award (Grand Prix)

Large-enterprise category: HP Japan Inc.
Note: The Grand Prix is granted to the most comprehensively outstanding applicant selected from two winners of METI Minister’s Awards (Grand Awards).

METI Minister’s Award (Grand Award)

SME category: Project for Cultivating Leaders in Fukui Prefecture

(2) The 8th Awards for Partnerships for Career Education Promotion

The Awards for Partnerships for Career Education Promotion program was established in FY2011 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.

In the FY2018 program, METI received 29 applications and determined one winner for the Grand Award, one winner for the Excellence Award, and two winners for the Encouragement Awards, based on the results of a strict examination by the examination committee.

Grand Award

Liaison Council for Career Education in Fukui City

Note: For the names of all winners under the two programs and the summary of their efforts, see Appendices 1 and 2 attached to the Japanese language press release. Moreover, METI will explain the details of the efforts on the following website at a later date.

Note: For the member list of the examination committee, see Appendix 3 attached to the Japanese language press release.

2. FY2018 Symposium for Partnerships for Career Education Promotion

On January 18 (Fri), 2019, from 13:00, METI, MEXT and MHLW will jointly organize the FY2018 Symposium for Partnerships for Career Education Promotion at the National Olympics Memorial Youth Center (NYC) in Tokyo.

The symposium will provide a commendation ceremony for the winners of these two programs and winners’ presentations on their efforts (poster presentation sessions).

If you wish to attend the symposium, visit the website for prior registration.

Note: For details of the symposium and other information, see Appendix 4 attached to the Japanese language press release. Acceptance of applications will be closed as soon as the fixed number is reached. We recommend you to file an application as early as possible.

[Reference]

The term “career education” refers to a kind of education for promoting career development toward every student’s independence in their 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 can be applied in their career.

Division in Charge

Human Resources Policy Office, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau