Sask Safety Council contest a benefit for those 14-21
For the second year, the Saskatchewan Safety Council is sponsoring a contest that encourages schools and teachers to have students participate in Career Safety Education, a completely free safety training program applicable to all youth in Saskatchewan aged 14 to 21.
The contest will have two winners: 1. A grand prize of $3,000, and, 2. A secondary prize of $1,500, awarded to the winning groups or schools on October 21.
Contest entry is achieved by the school or teacher registering in the contest and having a class, or classes, each with a minimum of ten students, complete Career Safety Education by Oct.18.
Career Safety Education is the result of a strategic alliance of organizations brought together by the Saskatchewan Safety Council in an effort to provide every Saskatchewan youth between 14 and 21 with free industry-focused safety education.
Career Safety Education includes training in worker rights and responsibilities through the Young Worker Readiness Course (WorkSafe), recognizing stress, improving Mental Health: through Wellness Training (SASW In Health), training in basic chemical safety through WHMIS 2015 (Saskatchewan Safety Council), and ONE standardized industryfocused safety orientation:
-Agriculture: Online Agriculture Training System – Saskatchewan Safety Council;
-Heavy Construction, Earthmoving and, Roadbuilding: Roadbuilders Safety Training System – Heavy Construction Safety Association of Saskatchewan.
-Construction and Trades: Saskatchewan Construction Orientation Training – Saskatchewan Construction Safety Association.
-Healthcare: Workplace Assessment and Violence Education – Saskatchewan Association of Safe Workplaces in Health.
“Educators pour all their time and energy into their classrooms each year. We are appreciative of all the hard work that goes into sculpting young brains into safe young adults. Educators are safety champions. Their students will learn how to recognize hazards, see the importance of safety, develop risk analysis skills that will be of benefit their whole lives,” says Saskatchewan Safety Council Community Relations Coordinator, Amanda LePine.
The above programs represent approximately 6 to 8 hours of training for which there are many curriculum connections.
After completion of each of the programs listed above, a certificate is given to the student which may be printed and used to enhance their resumes.
“Safety training certification enriches the resumes of young people and separates their job applications from the rest of those in the pile on the desk from who have not participated in such programs,” says LePine. “It may mean the difference between landing a job you want or taking the only job you can get.”
More courses are currently being developed for Career Safety Education which will result in safety training opportunities applicable to a broader variety of industries that youth may encounter.
The chart below shows the existing program elements and industries in green, and areas where there are gaps in either funding or programs in red. To learn more about Career Safety Education, visit www.careersafetyeducation.ca.