April 2003 to December 2004
Concern among certain members of the board of directors of Sherbrooke Ville en santé regarding educational success led to the creation of a work group. This group’s mandate was to promote educational success by addressing school/work balance.
January to June 2005
- The work group composed of the following partners – the COMMISSION SCOLAIRE DE LA RÉGION-DE-SHERBROOKE, SHERBROOKE VILLE EN SANTÉ, the CÉGEP DE SHERBROOKE, CHAMPLAIN REGIONAL COLLEGE, PROGRAMME 16-24 ANS, CDEC, SDES-CLD, FORUM JEUNESSE ESTRIE, CJE, EMPLOI-QUÉBEC, the CHAMBRE DE COMMERCE DE SHERBROOKE, and the CHAMBRE DE COMMERCE DE FLEURIMONT – stipulated in its 2005-2006 action plan that Sherbrooke wanted to become involved as a partner in an initiative to promote educational success to employers and the public.
- Ten discussion group sessions (employers, students, educational stakeholders, employment stakeholders, and parents) were held to create a school/work balance program.
- Tools for such a program were developed and validated.
- A core group of a dozen employers committed to the program was created.
- Promotional and communications materials were produced.
- A trial was run at Du Phare high school, coordinated by the Centre St-Michel’s Programme 16-24 development agent, to validate the tools developed for students and employers and to explore ways of reaching and involving more employers.
- An initial awareness-raising effort was held with Sherbrooke employers by the following partners: the COMMISSION SCOLAIRE DE LA RÉGION-DE-SHERBROOKE, the CHAMBRE DE COMMERCE DE SHERBROOKE, and the CHAMBRE DE COMMERCE DE FLEURIMONT.
- A first profile of Du Phare high school students was prepared regarding school/work balance.
- Financial commitment was obtained from the Commission scolaire de la Région-de-Sherbrooke (CSRS) and the Cégep de Sherbrooke.
- Improvements to promotional and communications material were made (based on comments from certified employers, similar experiences in other Quebec regions, and new local, regional, and provincial statistics).
- The School/Work Balance Program was introduced in all CSRS high schools and centres as well as the Cégep de Sherbrooke.(1)
- Three development agents were hired to introduce the program.
- An official media launch of the School/Work Balance Program was held in February 2009, targeting the Sherbrooke population.
- Two liaison officers were then hired to expand the program.
- A coordinator was hired for the School/Work Balance Program as it gained in scope. The visibility and recognition of certified employers were identified as priorities.
- The program was regionalized with the PRÉE Project (Partners for Educational Success Estrie).
- The goal of 200 certified workplaces was set for the beginning of the 2010 school year.