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Early Safety Training

For over 20 years, the Saskatchewan Safety Council has been providing youth, between the ages of 14 and 21, access to free safety training in their communities through its Early Safety Training (EST) program.

EST encourages the development of awareness, attitudes and habits which result in a culture of safety effecting both workplace and home life.

The program is made available via Self-Study Bursary, Curriculum Fitted, or Hosted Groups.

To complete EST, three mandatory courses and one elective must be completed.

The mandatory courses are:

The list of electives are:

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


Does EST sound like something you would be interested in? Click a link below to learn more.

For Educators

Within the Saskatchewan curriculum, there are outcomes that include safety and preparing youth for their career. Participating in EST allows secondary students to access training that may be required for summer employment or for their future careers at no cost, while ensuring safe practices in their future.

You can choose to deliver EST by including components in your existing high school credit courses with our Curriculum Fitted Option, or, you can arrange to have the training completed over a weekend / PD day via our EST Hosted Option.

Curriculum Fitted Option

Students required to take the three mandatory courses and the one elective during class time.

You would:

  • Contact us
  • Determine a schedule for you and your students
  • Assign training as homework or in-class work

We would:

  • Align qualified, screened instructors with your schedule
  • Provide registration forms
  • Provide access for online training
  • Provide complete student packages at the end of the program which they can add to their resumes

Ready to include EST in your curriculum? Please complete and submit this Curriculum Fitted Guidelines document.

EST Hosted Option

If you want to include more students in your school or division, you can host our safety training over 2 to 3 days in your community. If you know of a business who would sponsor students to complete EST you can approach them and put them in touch with us, or, let us know who to talk to! We’re always looking to build relationships. The three mandatory courses and one elective are required.

You would:

  • Contact us
  • Locate and coordinate local facilities suitable for training
  • Coordinate with parents/guardians for approval
  • Ensure suitable adult supervision for breaks and lunch hours
  • Keep track of documentation for the Saskatchewan Safety Council, including:
    • Registration and Parental Consent forms for participants
    • Certificates of Completion from each participant
    • Potential media release forms from each participant
  • Market the program through the school website and/or newsletter

We would:

  • Provide registration forms, waivers, and other applicable documents
  • Provide a list of industry recognized electives to choose from
  • Coordinate sourcing, booking, and funding specific training
  • Arrange for and pay external instructors and suppliers
  • Handle all media relations with local contacts

Ready to host EST in your community? Please complete and submit this EST Hosted Guidelines document.

For Youth

You are on your way to building your resume and looking like a star candidate for your future employers. Now you can receive safety training for free! Whether this training is to help you keep first-day awkwardness at bay or further develop your career, you are in the right place.

There are three options for you to explore:

You can choose to do this on your own, paying for the courses and applying for our Self-Study Bursary. All you have to do is fill out a form and then complete the two online and two hands-on courses over a period of 1 year.

Here is our Self-Study Bursary Application

If you are enrolled in a class at school that has safety as part of the curriculum (e.g. Energy & Mines 30), you can ask your teacher to participate in the Curriculum Fitted option.

If you really want to bring this training to your school and involve more of your friends, talk to your guidance counselor, favourite teacher, or principal about our EST Hosted format. Your school, or a local business, can host the training over 2 to 3 days.

If you have any questions, please contact Merissa at - 306-757-3197 or Toll Free at 1-855-280-7115.

For Businesses/Organizations

As a prominent employer in your community, you want to aid your future employees by sponsoring and hosting EST in your community. The benefits to your organization, current employees, community members, and youth are countless. A safe workplace attracts and retains employees. A safe workforce is a happy and less costly workforce.

Is your company committed to safety and ready to give back in a hands-on way? EST is a great way to enhance your business’s community connection.

There are three methods available to youth to participate in EST:

  • The self-study bursary program
  • Classroom curriculum fitted format (offered during regular school classes)
  • EST Hosted Groups (offered outside of regular classes on weekends or after school)

Interested? Learn about the ways to support EST

Want to sponsor and host EST for youth in your community? Contact the Community Relations Coordinator, Merissa Scarlett at 306-757-3197 or

For Parents

As a parent, you want to ensure your child is safe when they enter the workforce. You also want them to have an edge on competition when applying for their summer jobs or future careers. Completing recognized training provides your child with the skills they need for life.

There are three methods available to your child to participate in EST:

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

You can contact the Community Relations Coordinator, Merissa Scarlett at 306-757-3197 or, for more information about the three options.

If you work for, or own a company that wants to promote safety training in your community, we recommend sponsoring an EST Hosted Group.

  • "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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