WINNIPEG — A new online course is helping Manitoba youth to learn the ropes when it comes to entering the workforce.
The Young Worker Readiness Certificate Course was introduced by the Manitoba government on Monday, teaching youth the basics surrounding workers’ and employers’ rights and responsibilities for safety and health in the workplace.
“Having a job can be a fulfilling experience for youth as it can provide a sense of accomplishment and responsibility,” said Growth, Enterprise and Trade Minister Blaine Pedersen.
“This course contains important information everyone should know before getting their first job.”
The course, which is based around a similar interactive youth readiness program in Saskatchewan, will help aspiring youth:
• understand more about the work world and where to go for information about workplace safety and health;
• examine a pay statement;
• learn about workplace expectations and responsibilities and practice problem solving; and
• know workers’ and employers’ rights and responsibilities for keeping workplaces safe, and how to recognize and address common workplace hazards.
Employers seeking to hire a worker under the age of 16 are required to confirm the successful completion of the course and keep a copy of the certificate as an employment record. The certificate of completion is transferable to different employers, meaning youth only need to complete the course once.