July 1, 2019
Following on from FY2018, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) will hold the Career Education Awards program in FY2019 to honor outstanding companies and other organizations for their activities involving career education, an initiative to convey to children and young people the significance of labor and the connection between classroom lessons and daily life in society.
Moreover, METI and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) will jointly hold the Awards for Partnerships for Career Education Promotion program to honor pioneering case examples of the career-education initiatives conducted by people involved in education, community leaders and stakeholders in business communities in a collaborative and cooperative manner.
On July 1, 2019, the government began calls for applicants for the two awards programs. METI hopes that many will apply for the programs.
Fostering children and young people that have the potential to support of the future of Japan is a challenge to be tackled not only by schools but also by society at large through collaboration between companies and communities.
As Japan is facing the arrival of the 100-year lifespan era, individual people in Japan are increasingly required to develop career ownership, an approach to taking the personal responsibility to build their own careers, continually learning and improving in order to continue working.
Under the career education initiative, stakeholders are now, more than ever before, required to improve educational outcomes and continue to provide to teachers and schools the educational programs through which children and young people can recognize the connection between classroom lessons and daily life in society, and to these ends, companies and people involved in education should develop and/or maintain close collaboration.
Aiming to share the results of business communities’ outstanding activities for supporting educational initiatives with a broad range of people and to further promote these activities, METI will hold the Tenth Career Education Awards program.
Moreover, METI and MEXT will jointly hold the Ninth Awards for Partnerships for Career Education Promotion program to honor pioneering case examples of the career-education initiatives conducted not only by companies, but also by people involved in education, community ans association leaders and stakeholders in the business communities in a collaborative and cooperative manner. Through this effort, the ministries will strive to promote dissemination and awareness raising of the career education initiative throughout Japan.
The term “career education” refers to a kind of education which promotes career development toward every students’ independence in their career and in daily life, by fostering the necessary skills and attitudes that form the foundations for success in society. Career education encompasses not only direct career experience, such as on-site education and internships, but also activities where students learn how classroom lessons on subjects including the Japanese language, mathematics, and science can be applied in their careers.
2. Outline of the awards programs
The Career Education Awards:
The Career Education Awards program was established in FY2010, aiming to encourage companies and economic organizations and to raise public awareness regarding their approaches to supporting education. In FY2011, METI also began granting the Economy, Trade and Industry Minister’s Awards (METI Minister’s Awards) to the entities from the Awards program that have achieved the most outstanding achievements.
The Awards for Partnerships for Career Education Promotion:
The Awards for Partnerships for Career Education Promotion program was 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.), communities and associations (NPOs, PTA organizations, etc.), and business communities (economic associations, companies, etc.), for the purpose of promoting efforts for career education focusing on schools.
- Results of the Ninth Career Education Awards and the Eighth Awards for Partnerships for Career Education Promotion
3. How to apply and other information (For more information, see the application guidelines and other references in the Appendices.)
- Period of the calls
- From July 1 (Mon.) to October 18 (Fri.), 2019
- Entitled applicants
For the Career Education Awards
[i] Companies, economic associations and other organizations committed to career educational activities supporting children, young people and others who are learning in educational institutions ranging from elementary schools to universities to graduate schools and [ii] coordinator organizations providing expertise knowledge, experience-based career educational programs, business-matching services and other educational initiatives
For the Awards for Partnerships for Career Education Promotion
People involved in education (schools, boards of education, etc.), those in local governments (executive agencies, etc.), communities and associations (NPOs, PTA organizations, etc.), and business communities (economic associations, companies, etc.) conducting efforts jointly and/or collectively, for the purpose of promoting efforts for career education focusing on schools
To apply: To apply for any of the award programs above, please send the official entry form completed with necessary information by postal mail.
(For all relevant details, see the application guidelines in the Appendix.)
Note: The following website also contains additional information.
For further details, see the Japanese language press release.
Division in Charge
Human Resources Policy Office, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau