Sask Safety Coun­cil con­test a ben­e­fit for those 14-21

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - SPORT -

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.

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