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Do you know a young person who wants to start their first job?
A new young worker readiness course was recently launched by SAFE Work Manitoba and Manitoba Employment Standards to prepare young people for the world of work.
The Young Worker Readiness Certificate Course (YWRCC) is now required for those who are age 13, 14 or 15 years old and want to work in Manitoba. The YWRCC teaches the basics about workers' and employers' rights and responsibilities for safety, health and the employment relationship.
In early December, you may have heard the buzz about the Young Worker Readiness Course launch at SAFE Work Manitoba. This was an exciting event, where the Honourable Blaine Pedersen, Minister of Growth, Enterprise and Trade, myself and Yvonne Spyropoulos, Executive Director of Manitoba Employment Standards announced the exciting new course and the impact it will have on young workers in Manitoba. Students from Tec Voc High School came down and demonstrated the course for us, and members of our local safety community came down to learn and celebrate the launch of the course too.
We know that young workers are more likely to get hurt on the job than more experienced workers. Due to their inexperience, they may not recognize hazards in the workplace and they are often eager to please, leaving them more vulnerable to a workplace injury. The Supervisor plays a critical role in ensuring the young worker is safe and successful in their new job. This starts with a safety orientation, but also includes necessary training and well as an appropriate level of coaching and observation. We have plenty of resources on our website to support Supervisors in their role; please feel free to take a look.
Now, this course is mandatory for those under age 16, but it is also an excellent resource that employers may be wise to leverage further.
In my opinion, this course isn't just for people under 16 – it is relevant for any young worker, or anyone entering the workforce for that matter. I am sure that every successful employer wants to ensure their new workers start off with a clear understanding of their responsibilities, rights and expectations. This is a great tool for employers in all industries.
I can foresee a time when some industries or employers communicate that completion of this course is viewed as an asset, or even is mandatory before applying for a job.
I can also foresee a time when smart job seekers add this certificate to their resume to demonstrate their understanding and readiness to start work.
We can all agree on the importance of ensuring the safety of our young workers. It is my vision that all young workers complete this course with the understanding and confidence to act on the three important takeaways from the course:
Whether you're an employer, a supervisor, a parent or a young worker, we've got resources that can help you prepare young people to stay safe on the job. And I hope that you will encourage the young people in your life to try out the YWRCC at https://ywrcc.safemanitoba.com!
Follow Jamie Hall on Twitter at @SAFEWorkJamie.
SAFE Work Manitoba — a division of the WCB is the public agency dedicated to the prevention of workplace injury and illness.
Working with our partners in the safety community, we provide prevention education, safety programming, consulting and strategic direction to create a genuine culture of safety for all Manitobans.