News Release - May 10, 1999
INITIATIVES FOR YOUNG WORKERS
Labour Minister Joanne Crofford today announced a number of
initiatives to help young workers better prepare for their entry into
"I think we all recognize that first experiences often shape a
person's attitudes and behaviour for the rest of their lives,"
Crofford said. "That's as true in the workplace as it is with
everything else. We know that young workers experience higher rates
of injuries and have more workplace problems than do other workers.
Proper preparation can help ensure they have positive and safe
first-time work experiences."
Crofford announced the Are You Ready for Work? initiatives to provide
young and new workers with more information and training to better
prepare them for the workplace. The initiatives include:
wallet-size booklets containing key questions about health and
safety, and working conditions, which young or new workers can
ask their employers;
an interactive CD-ROM on occupational health and safety;
a $30,000 grant to the Saskatchewan Safety Council to expand its
Farm Safety Team;
the development of resources for use by Saskatchewan Institute of
Applied Science and Technology (SIAST) certificate, diploma and
Adult Basic Education students; and,
the development of resources for the Practical and Applied
Arts curriculum for high school students.
Total cost of the Are You Ready for Work? initiatives is $65,000.
"Clearly, we need to increase our efforts to reach young people
both before and after they enter the workplace," Crofford said.
"We need to decrease the number of injuries and other workplace
problems. We need to work together to ensure we all can enjoy
the benefits of safe, fair and productive workplaces. I am
confident the Are You Ready For Work? initiatives will help us
achieve these goals."
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For more information, contact:
Phone: (306) 787-4156
Visit the Saskatchewan Labour website at www.labour.gov.sk.ca