Summer is fast approaching and the provincial government wants to remind youth in the province, 14 and 15 year-olds, who are interested in summer jobs, must complete Saskatchewan’s Young Worker Readiness Certificate Course (YWRCC) in order to work.
The course teaches youth about their rights and responsibilities, hazards in the workplace and provides occupational health and safety information.
“This course is critical for helping youth to gain information that will enable them to safely engage in the workplace,” Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Minister Don Morgan comments.
“Youth and new workers experience higher rates of injuries, so we want to make sure they have the opportunity to learn about health and safety practices.”
The course can be taken online at www.lrws.gov.sk.ca/ywrcc. Fourteen and 15 year olds working in the province must complete the course under Saskatchewan’s Mini-mum Wage Regulations. Young workers under the age of 16 must also obtain consent from their parent or guardian.
Since the 2010 launch of the online certificate course, 10,274 Young Workers Employment Certificates have been issued. The online course is currently being updated to enhance its interactivity and usability.