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Early Safety Training

Along with offering a variety of community and workplace safety training programs, driver training for everyone including seniors, and farm safety programs, the Saskatchewan Safety Council also offers safety training to a very vulnerable group. Can you guess who?

Not babies. Not even toddlers. It’s youth ages 14 to 21 years. Why are they so vulnerable? Can you remember starting your very first job? Maybe you were serving food. Maybe you were a labourer for a construction company. Or perhaps you were in retail, selling track pants to athletes or red noses to clowns. Whatever you did, you were young and eager to please. 

We are so confident!

Young You: “I just want to do a good job and I will do everything my boss asks of me so I don’t get fired.”

Boss: “Climb this steep ladder and grab the vat of sizzling bacon grease.”

Young You: “Ummmm….sure?”

Do you see how ‘young you’ doesn’t want to refuse the work and doesn’t really know that they can say "no"? That is why we target youth between 14 and 21 years.

Teens and young adults on their first job are very vulnerable to workplace injury. Many are unaware of their three basic rights, they don’t want to get fired for speaking up, and think they can do everything.

Wiser (and older) you: “I do a great job now and I work hard at being safe every day.” 

How do we target youth between 14 and 21 years of age? Through our Early Safety Training (EST) program! It’s safety training at no cost to the youth participating! FREE SAFETY TRAINING FOR EVERYONE!*

*No, for youth between 14 and 21 years of age. And it’s dependent on sponsorship.

Participants in EST must complete:

  1. WHMIS
  2. Young Worker’s Readiness Certificate Course (YWRCC)
  3. First Aid and CPR
  4. Safety Elective (must be approved by the Saskatchewan Safety Council)

The benefits of this training are immense. First, EST encourages the development of awareness, attitudes and habits which result in a culture of safety effecting both workplace and home life. Second, what employer doesn’t like to see training certificates that they don’t have to pay for? And third, it informs youth of their rights at work so they can make educated decisions about their safety.

How can the youth in your life participate?

  1. They can choose to complete the training on their own through the Self-Study Bursary method by completing the three mandatory courses and one elective within one year, before they turn 21.
  2. He or she can participate in the Curriculum Fitted format, where their teacher would complete the training during regular school classes.
  3. They could complete it through one of our EST Hosted Groups, where the training is offered outside of regular classes on weekends or after school.

But wait Merissa, how does the Saskatchewan Safety Council train these youth at no charge? Well, thanks to the help of our partners and sponsors, we have funding to train a certain number of youth. More sponsorship means more youth are trained… trust me, there is never a lack of demand for the training. If you think your organization would love to be a part of promoting youth safety and training your future employees, you can find out more about sponsoring here.

What was your first job? Why was it the best?



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