Toolkit keeping young workers safe

More than half a million young workers in NSW can access a free, online toolkit with tailored information to support their safety.

This Youth Week, Minister for Fair Trading Eleni Petinos is calling on employers and workers to access the Young Worker eToolkit, which contains tips and training materials about work safety rights and responsibilities.

“There are more than half a million young people aged up to 25 who have entered the NSW workforce. Around 15,000 are injured every year, accounting for 14 per cent of all workplace injuries costing $60 million in workers compensation,” Ms Petinos said.

“Regardless of how they are employed or in which industry, young workers need extra support to ensure they are carrying out tasks correctly and safely to prevent injury or even death.

“We must protect our working youth and ensure they have the support, supervision, and guidance for a safe work environment. The free eToolkit has resources available for young workers, employers, parents, guardians, and educators.

“Now more than ever we need to be supporting working youth as they enter the workforce and move jobs due to the pandemic.”

Minister for Regional Youth Ben Franklin said the online toolkit will help make the transition from school to work easier, particularly for young workers living in smaller communities.

“While it’s important young people are given every opportunity to improve their skills when they enter the workforce, it’s important they keep their health and safety front of mind,” Mr Franklin said.

“The Young Workers eToolkit will help better ensure the health and safety of young workers by educating them on the impact of injury, and how it can best be prevented.”

To learn more view the Young Workers eToolkit

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