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Early Safety Training Program

The Early Safety Training Program (ESTP) is a youth safety education strategy provided by the Saskatchewan Safety Council, in partnership with WorkSafe Saskatchewan that was founded in 1996. The program today, remains true to its roots as it removes barriers for youth to access safety training so they may develop safety habits and attitudes that they can apply throughout their entire lifetime, both on and off the job. ESTP operates with the guidance of a provincial steering committee consisting of representation by the seven industry safety associations, key industry stakeholders, education champions, and WorkSafe.

The program consists of three primary methods of delivery targeting youth aged 14-21 that each help reduce the barriers of accessibility and affordability:

  1. The self-study bursary program
  2. Classroom curricula fitted format (offered during regular classes)
  3. Hosted Groups (offered outside of regular classes)

Using either method, youth receive industry recognized safety certification that will enhance their job readiness capability while offering knowledge at a critical point in their lives that will help them stay safe throughout their lifetime. In each method youth must complete a number of safety training courses that are widely recognized by Saskatchewan employers. To complete the program, youth must complete three mandatory courses (Young Worker Readiness Certificate course, Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System or WHMIS, First Aid/CPR B with AED and one elective course.

Mandatory Courses

The following are the mandatory courses required to complete the program:

  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) - available online or through classroom delivery
  • Standard First Aid & CPR A, B, or C with AED (Health Care Provider CPR may be available in some locations) - available in 2-day classroom delivery or "blended learning" with some online and 1 day classroom delivery
  • Young Worker Readiness Certificate Course - available free online

Elective Courses

Depending on the method the student or group can choose from a wide range of electives as long as it fits the following criteria:

  1.  At least one-half day in length
  2. Recognized by a suitable industry employer
  3. Be focused on injury prevention
  4. Approved by the Saskatchewan Safety Council

Examples of electives accepted under the program to date include:

  • Back Care/Lifting
  • Confined Space Entry
  • Defensive Driving
  • Fall Protection
  • Food Safe
  • Ground Disturbance
  • H2S Alive
  • Introduction to Fire Extinguisher & Fire Safety
  • Transfer, Lifting, Repositioning (TLR)
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG)
  • Work Zone Flag Person Training
  • Scaffolding Safety
  • SCOT (Saskatchewan Construction Orientation Training)

Through our Early Safety Training Program (ESTP), since January 2013, we have reached approximately 625 youth in 26 different communities representing urban, rural and First Nations – with our industry specific safety training before they enter the workforce. This represents 2304 days of training, or just 18,000 hours, at no cost to the youth. All of the funds it takes to provide this training are raised through corporate sponsorship or fundraising activities such as golf tournaments. Currently we are struggling to keep up with demand, especially for high interest careers such as those in the oilfield and healthcare .

Self-Study Bursary

The self-study program allows youth to complete the required courses on their own time over a maximum of one year if they are completed prior to the participant’s 21st birthday. Upon completion, participants apply for a $200.00 bursary to offset the costs of their training.  This method allows student to complete the electives at their own pace, at training agencies of their choice, however they do have to pay for the courses out of pocket and then be reimbursed upon supplying the required information.

Self-Study Bursary Application Form

Classroom Curricula Fitted

The curricula fitted format allows for the inclusion of the components of the ESTP in existing high school credit courses such as the Energy & Mines 30 course.  In this format, students are required to take the mandatory and elective courses during class time, prior to participating in a practical element.

Hosted Groups

The Hosted Groups model provides condensed delivery of training to youth in both urban and rural areas, including those living on First Nation lands. Typically these sessions are held in a local community over 2 to 3 days. The Saskatchewan Safety Council assists with sourcing and funding instructors so that the training can happen in the local community, pending suitable sponsorship availability. Hosted Groups have been coordinated by schools, community groups and local businesses interested in providing a value added enhancement to their community.  

In each of the formats outlined the Saskatchewan Safety Council provides:

  • Promotional materials such as posters and flyers
  • Registration forms, waivers and other applicable documents
  • List of industry recognized electives to choose from
  • Coordination of sourcing, booking and funding specific training required
  • Payment of external instructors and suppliers
  • Facility logistics for external facilities
  • ·Media relations with local media contacts

While the hosting organization or group supplies:

  • Coordination with all local people required to be involved.
  • Coordination with parents/guardians to ensure approvals are obtained.
  • Ensuring suitable adult supervision for breaks and lunch hours
  • Coordination of records and documentation showing all required elements as indicated by Saskatchewan Safety Council have been completed for each student involved. This may include such things as registration forms, parental/media consent forms and other applicable documents.
  • Coordination of available onsite facilities suitable for courses required/chosen.
  • Marketing of the program through select means (newsletters, website, etc)

Detailed Hosting Guidelines

Thanks to the following Partners of ESTP

Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsor


Bronze Sponsor

  • "The promotion and delivery of the Early Safety Training program to our high school students assists them to develop skills and attitudes necessary to work and live safely before they enter the work place."

    Barbara Compton
    Superintendent of School Operations in Prairie South Schools #210

  • "The Early Safety Training Program is invaluable in providing students the opportunity to develop a “Safety First!” mentality. Our goal is to train every single one of our 3000 high school students, because we want them to come home safely every single day, from both school and work."

    Richard Donnelly
    PAA/Partnerships Consultant Regina Catholic Schools

  • "I feel that Early Safety Training sets a strong foundation for students as they prepare to transition to the world of work."

    Gordon Heidel
    Executive Director Regina District Industry Education Council (RDIEC)

  • "I sincerely hope that the Saskatchewan Safety Council will be successful in obtaining the necessary funding in order for this program to continue to be offered in the "Boot Camp" format in numerous communities across Saskatchewan."

    Jennifer Bieber
    Itinerant Career Counsellor Prairie Valley Schools

  • "The course was very much worth my time and I enjoyed taking part."

    ESTP Student

  • "The Early Safety Training Courses were well taught, with the hours jam-packed with information . . . I would recommend this course. We did 26 hours of instruction in a quick 4 days. Overall great job."

    ESTP Student

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