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The Eleventh Career Education Awards and the Tenth Awards for Partnerships for Career Education Promotion to Be Held

July 1, 2021

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) will hold the Career Education Awards program in FY2021 to honor outstanding companies and other organizations for their activities toward career education—initiatives 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 in a collaborative and cooperative manner by people involved in education, community leaders, and stakeholders in business communities.

Both award programs had to be canceled last fiscal year due to the impact of COVID-19. However, the aim for this fiscal year is to share earnest efforts toward career education conducted during the pandemic. METI looks forward to hearing about proactive activities.

On July 1, 2021, the government began a calls for applicants for the two awards programs. METI hopes that many will apply for the programs.
Note: Last fiscal year, METI compiled case examples of how companies and other organizations that have received the Career Education Awards in the past were working toward career education during the pandemic:
"Don't Stop Learning Even During the Pandemic! Career Education Report: 2020 as Seen by the Companies and Other Organizations that Won Career Education Awards" (in Japanese)

1. Purpose

Fostering children and young people who have the potential to support 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, it will be increasingly important for individuals to develop career ownership, an approach to taking personal responsibility to build their own careers, continually learning and improving their skills.

Under the career education initiative, stakeholders are now, more than ever before, required to improve educational outcomes and continue to provide teachers and schools with educational programs through which children and young people can recognize the connection between classroom lessons and daily life in society. To these ends, companies and people involved in education should develop and/or maintain close collaboration.

Aiming to share with a broad range of people the results of business communities' outstanding activities for supporting educational initiatives and to further promote these activities, METI will hold the Eleventh Career Education Awards program.

Moreover, METI and MEXT will jointly hold the Tenth Awards for Partnerships for Career Education Promotion program to honor pioneering case examples of the career-education initiatives conducted in a collaborative and cooperative manner not only by companies, but also by people involved in education, community and association leaders, and stakeholders in the business communities. Through this effort, the ministries will strive to promote dissemination and raising awareness of career education initiatives throughout Japan.

Note: The term "career education" refers to a kind of education that promotes career development toward independence for every student 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 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, with the aim of encouraging companies and economic organizations and raising 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 results.

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/or collaboratively by people involved in education (schools, boards of education, etc.), people 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 toward career education focusing on schools.

Reference

3. How to apply and other information (For more information, see the application guidelines and other references in the Appendices.)

Period of the calls:

July 1 (Thu.) to October 15 (Fri.), 2021

Eligible 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 and graduate schools and [ii] coordinator organizations providing expert 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.), people 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 collaboratively, for the purpose of promoting efforts toward career education focusing on schools

To apply:

To apply for any of the award programs above, please complete the official entry form with the necessary information and send it by postal mail.

Note: The following website  (in Japanese) contains the entry form and additional information.

Division in Charge

Human Resources Policy Office, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau