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Building Safer Trades: Free practical safety training and information

August 14, 2019
By The Saskatchewan Safety Council
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August 13, 2019 — The Saskatchewan Safety Council and Saskatchewan Building Trades are working together on a joint project. The Building Safer Trades initiative provides free practical safety training and information on union trades for Indigenous youth in Saskatchewan. The project is funded, in part, by the Government of Canada’s Union Training and Innovation Program.

Over three years, the project aims to engage and provide training to 432 Indigenous youth between the ages of 14 to 21. This year (2019), the free training is being offered in the Regina Area; in 2020, it will be offered in the Saskatoon area, and in 2021, the Prince Albert area. The project also intends to reach 150 Indigenous teachers, career counsellors, and education directors from Tribal Councils.

Lyle Daniels, Inclusion Manager – Build Together at Saskatchewan Building Trades, and Amanda LePine, Community Relations Coordinator with the Saskatchewan Safety Council, will be hosting an Educator’s Workshop on August 28, 2019 in Fort Qu’Appelle to introduce the project.

Participating students will first complete the Career Safety Education program, followed by Red Cross Online Blended Learning First Aid/CPR-B (Adult, Infant and Child Rescue).

Below is a list of all the student learning modules included in the Building Safer Trades project.

  • Young Worker’s Readiness Course – This course teaches about workplace health and safety. Learn about the responsibilities, workplace rights and those of the employer.
  • Mental Health Wellness Training – This course teaches how to recognize stress, improve and maintain mental wellness, and how to manage stress effectively.
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS 2015) – This course teaches how to identify, handle, and store chemicals properly and safely.
  • Safety Construction Orientation Training (SCOT) – This course provides a safety overview of worksites in trades and/or building construction. *This course must be selected as the industry orientation to be a part of the Building Safer Trades project*
  • Eight hours of online First Aid training
  • First Aid & CPR-B instructor-lead hands-on training component in their community thereby eliminating the barrier of location.

A certificate of completion of the Building Safer Trades program will be provided upon completion of all modules.

Many thanks to the contributing partner organizations who make Career Safety Education possible. Learn more about them and the program at: www.careersafetyeducation.ca


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