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Take Our Kids to Work Day

More information for the 2022-2023 School Year will be posted as it becomes available.

Take Our Kids to Work day is a national event that the Brandon School Division has participated in for the past 22 years. You've likely heard about it, read about it, or even had an older student participate. With the proper planning and preparation, it's a great day for those who participate. Former grade 9s agree that it's a rewarding and educational experience for students, parents, and employees. 

Resources for workplaces, teachers and parents are available online at:


1. Who makes the necessary arrangements for my child?

You do!  Each year over 200 grade 9 students from Vincent Massey participate so we depend on families to make their own arrangements and ones that will work best for your individual situation.

2. What if I cannot take my child to my workplace?

Although the majority of students do job shadow a parent, there are situations when that isn't possible.  We ask that you make alternate arrangements by speaking to relatives, friends or co-workers. Students can also job shadow their friends' parents, former teachers, coaches, hairstylist etc.  For some, this is an opportunity to explore their interests or occupational goals. There may also be school organized Community Hosts, your student will get this information in their English class presentation.

Please ensure that your child's host has your contact information for that day in case of emergency.

3. What can I do if all my attempts fail and I just can't find someone for my child to job shadow?

Firstly, make your plans EARLY.  Those who wait to make arrangements often run into problems closer to the deadline.  Students can discuss job placement options with their teachers. Most of the Vincent Massey teachers have done TOKTWD for several years and may have some great suggestions.  If your student is still unable to arrange a work placement, contact Ms. Yang ASAP.   She can suggest community host options in the depending on your student's interests.

4. Does my child come to school at all on November 6th?

No.  Your child will go directly to their arranged workplace and job shadow their parent or host.

*There are a few exceptions to this:

Students whose parents work at Maple Leaf - a school bus will transport them to and from Crocus Plains High School. 

CFB Shilo - bus will transport students to Shilo from Crocus Plains High School.

Agendas will be provided to students for Community Host placements with details such as when they need to be at Crocus for the bus.

5. Are the job shadow hours the same as school hours?

Probably not, unless the parent works in a school.  Hours will vary depending on the job site.  Students will "work" the same hours as their parent or host.  In the past, students started as early as 4:00 a.m. in the case of a student job shadowing a parent whose occupation was baker.  Others may work an evening or night shift at the hospital.  This in itself is an eye opening experience!

6. Is there much paper work involved?

No.  Just the CONSENT FORM.  It needs to be returned to your student's English Teacher by Monday, October 21th in order for your student to participate.  Your student will be expected to be in school on November 6th.  if we have not received his/her waiver by the divisional deadline of Monday, October 28th,  this is due to Workers Compensation coverage.

Consent form can be downloaded here!!!

7.  If November 6th doesn't work for me, can my child participate on a different day?

No, again Worker's Compensation coverage is provided by Manitoba Education Citizenship and Youth for November 6th only and we must have all students registered for this coverage by the November 2nd deadline.

8. Is there more to this event than the one day job shadow?

Absolutely!  Take Our Kids to Work Day in the Brandon School Division is an initiative that is part of your child's English curriculum.  The grade 9's will be doing assignments and activities related to employability and essential skills, world of work and careers at some point during their grade 9 year.

Workplace Health and Safety is also an important topic and all students will be participating in a presentation delivered by the Safe Workers of Tomorrow staff.  As well, there will be post-day sharing and classroom activities following their job shadow day, so being in the class the next day is equally important.

9. What is a School Organized Host?

Brandon School Division has arranged for businesses to take students to investigate the career options within  their facility.   Spaces are on a first come first serve basis.

Examples: ACC, Brandon Youth Centre, Robertson College, BDO and CFB Shilo.

The following sites hosted  for more students in recent years:

Brandon School Division (58), CFB Shilo (53), Prairie Mountain Health Authority (46), Provincial Court House (28), Assiniboine Community College (26), City of Brandon (18), Brandon University (10), Behlen Industries (7), Manitoba Government (7), Superstore (7), Christian Heritage School (5), Brandon Correction Centre (5), Samaritan House (5), Koch Fertilizer (4), MNP (4), Brandon Clinic (4), Grand Valley Animal Clinic (4)

In all over 150 businesses and organizations hosted grade 9 students in 19 Manitoba communities for this one-day event.  90% of Vincent Massey students participated last year and we believe this is a valuable experience for all students!

If you have any questions, please contact:

Rani Andresen, Career Technician
Phone: 204-729-3175

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