Suncor Energy funds Northern Lights College Youth Workplace Safety Training

Transition to Work provides students with the skills and resources to make a successful transition from education to employment. Through training and courses, students acquire industry-ready skills that prepare them for entry to work apprenticeship or further education. Over a period of 21 weeks the program provides students with a workplace communications course, industry certification (including first aid and workplace safety courses), work experience placements and a Transition to Work program plan.

The money received from Suncor Energy Foundation will specifically go towards The Young Worker Program initiative sponsored through Workers’ Compensation Board. The program helps students who may be entering the workforce at a very young age to learn about safety and safe work practices. WCB held 11 forums across the province at which students discussed the key health and safety issues facing young workers. They cited a lack of understanding and knowledge about workplace safety, a lack of proper training and safety procedures, inexperience, working conditions for youth and expectations and requirements for young workers as the main drivers of accidents in the workplace.

“Anyone involved with young workers has a stake in promoting a safe and healthy work environment, including young workers themselves. As the most vulnerable members of our workforce, young workers need extra support to make safe and healthy choices on the job,” said Bob Haugen, continuing education coordinator at Northern Lights College Dawson Creek Campus. He also stated, “This program is aimed at getting these individuals to think about their responsibility, as well as giving them the training they need to get out in the workforce.”

A total of 48 youths are expected to complete the Transition to Work program by June of 2004 with a wide range of valuable skills and certification to gain employment.