Initial Vocational Education and Training
Facket i sommarland
Telephone help line for summer jobs advice
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Every year LO conducts union outreach activities, called “Facket I sommarland” (trade union summer assistance for young people) among young people aged 16-20 years. Visits to workplaces are made and a special telephone help-line offers guidance during the summer. Young trade unionists answer the questions that young people have about their working conditions. Young people are informed about their rights on summer jobs.
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A safe start in the pharmaceutical sector
A project by GlaxoSmithKline Poland
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GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has set principles and launched various initiatives to help young workers to assimilate into their new work environment and to ensure that they make a safe start in their working life. Actions towards young workers and students working onsite are carried out within the context of the company’s general policy on risk prevention.
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How easy can it be?
Interactive educational software about risks in retail
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Many young people are employed in the retail sector and the number of work-related injuries is relatively high compared to other sectors. The Sector Environment Council for Retail decided to produce interactive educational software – “the training programme” – for the information and instruction of young people about their working environment in the retail sector. Making it relevant and interesting for young people was the main objective as well as designing something that would be interesting for their employers, too. Winner of a European Good Practice Award 2006.
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“Future Competence” Skills - Improve Apprentice Safety
A project by RHI AG Veitsch/Radex GmbH & Co
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The aim of this project is to teach apprentices in the fields of safety competence, health competence, personal competence, technical competence and future competence. Another main focus of this innovative project is to develop hazard-spotting skills and involve the young apprentices in hazard rectification.
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WiseUp2Work
Workplace Hazard Awareness Course
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A new qualification designed to improve young people’s understanding of safe working when taking part in work experience.
The course and qualification aims to provide Year 10 students with a basic understanding of health and safety in the workplace, so that they understand hazards, and what to expect of their employer.
Teaching materials to support the qualification have been produced by IOSH and will be free to schools and colleges. The materials will be accessible for students to work online and have been piloted in schools in England to ensure they meet the needs of teachers and students.
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DiaMedia
Vocational- pedagogic concept for the metal- and electric industry
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According to an INQA-project, a concept has been developed for vocational education personnel in the metal- and electric industry called “from teacher to learning assistant”. It implements contemporary vocational- pedagogic approaches according to the dual education by using the example of the requirements of machine guidelines. This concept has been further developed in another project for trainees in the metal- and electric industry.
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Family businesses
Safety and Health in small enterprises
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This brochure supports to rise the awareness of entrepreneurs of possible sources of danger in the enterprise. It informs about safety measurements to prevent accidents, to ensure the quality of working material in the enterprise in order to prevent accidents due to material faults and helps to use machinery in a responsible way. The entrepreneur is informed about potential risks, how to assess, to avoid and to eliminate these. The special situation of family businesses is addressed by showing potential risks when children are particularly present at the workplace.
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In Austria a series of OSH seminars has been offered since 2004 for teachers in vocational schools and higher technical colleges. The duration is 96 hours in total, 48 hours are announced by the Federal Institute for Pedagogic Education and 48 hours are to choose from the organisations standard seminar programs. The participants are trained to be tutors and instructors for OSH and they get a certificate on that. The education program contains the following items: basic laws and technical standards, organisation of OSH in practice, workplace safety, ergonomics, chemical substances, evaluation of hazards and cost-benefit analysis. With this extra knowledge teachers will be able to include OSH facts in the teaching programs of their schools. Finally their students will get a certificate, the above mentioned Occupational Health and Safety Passport.
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Drug prevention in vocational training
E- Learning program for trainers
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This E- Learning program offers several possibilities for vocational trainers to get information about the subject "drugs" and to practice strategies for handling this problem in a propriate manner.
The program is available online and can as well be ordered on CD ROM.
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Since the 1980s, the BG BAU is supporting the interplant training centres in imparting of different issues of occupational safety and health by a complete training programme, the “Youth programme”. Trainers and trainees form the target group of this training programme.
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Increasing the awareness of occupational health and safety in young persons and decreasing the number of occupational accidents affecting young persons - that is the aim of this course in 4 parts for teachers in the 7th grade.
This project won the 2nd price at the 6th Training & Innovation from 7th to 8th July 2006 at the BG Institute Work and Health (BGAG) in Dresden.
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A vocational training that fits!
Education materials for occupational groups
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Consequentially thought- out:
Day after day, teachers do an inestimable job in prevention work. The BGW wants to give assistance to all of them. Optimally edited education and training material has been already developed for the following occupational groups:
- Medical Assistant
- Hair- Dresser
- Dental Technician
- Elderly Care Nurse
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The Employability Partnership
Initiated by HSE
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The website provides information for young people, employers, schools and parents and useful links to downloadable documents.
All work experience opportunities offered by employers are checked by The Employability Partnership to ensure that they are safe, meaningful and comply with current legislation.
Clearly, the risks in an office or shop will be considerably less than those found in a potentially more hazardous garage or factory environment and so discussions with TEP, which will include a visit to a new employer, include a discussion about those risks, taking into account the student’s relative lack of maturity and familiarity with the workplace, coupled with age related physical limitations.
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DitArbejdsLiv (TheWorklife)
An interactive website from Denmark
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DitArbejdsliv.Nu, the website of the project, offers an interactive game as well as additional information. Users can test themselves in different crooked, bad or strange dilemmas in the workplace, can read about others' experiences on the job and can get much more about psychological work.
The Occupational Medicine in Herning, which based on many years of research in the project VestLiv and experience with young people and mental health, as behind both games and website.
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Safety Signs
Training material for vocational school students
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Where do I have to wear a helmet? How can I leave the building quickly? At the workplace, safety signs point out risks and dangers and help to manage emergency behaviour. Especially apprentices should be familiar with these signs.
With this is a collection of training materials, including interactive web based training, students are supposed to get professional , method and social competences.
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ungmedjob.dk
Website for young people at work
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The website "ungmedjob.dk (youth with job) is a project of the Danish working environment council BAR U&F (BAR Undervisning & Forskning, which means "Education and Research"). The website aims to gather information about young people. The site is aimed at: young people up to 25 years, teachers in the school, at the upper secondary and vocational education, parents of young people in the labor market and employers of apprentices, trainees or young people in after-school.
Behind the site is sector working environment councils , where employers and employees work together to promote a good working environment in the various industries.
For the young people, there is a special area of the website, with an interactive safety game and special information. There is also a Facebook page of ungmedjob, as a platform for interactive communication about safety at work, with further advice, photos and videos. More information on the website.

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Youth @ Work: Talking Safety
TEACHING YOUNG WORKERS ABOUT JOB SAFETY AND HEALTH
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This curriculum has been designed to teach core health and safety skills and knowledge, covering basic information relevant to any occupation.
The learning activities in this curriculum are intended to raise awareness among young people about occupational safety and health and provide them with the basic skills they need to become active participants in creating safe and healthy work environments.
The activities highlight hazards and prevention strategies from a wide variety of workplaces. The materials are very flexible. They may be used as a stand-alone curriculum or may be incorporated into other safety programs. Teachers who have used this curriculum indicated that the material was an excellent introduction to other safety instruction such as the OSHA 10-hour course or occupational specific safety instruction. They also said it could be used to enhance other safety programs. Educators can tailor the curriculum to students in a specific career cluster by selecting the workplace examples and scenarios provided which are most relevant to that career cluster.
This curriculum has been endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education’s Career Cluster Initiative, Job Corps, and Skills USA.
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Speak Up, Stay Safe
Health and Safety Courses, Training, Health and Safety Audits
This website by the British Safety Council offers lots of information and resources for young people and employers, such as information on hazards and risks, films, an online game and Apps for Smartphones. Twitter and Facebook make this campaign complete.

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HEADS UP - WORK SMART WORK SAFE
Young Worker Safety
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„HEADS UP – WORK SMART WORK SAFE“ is a project of WCB Worker’s Compensation Board in Alberta, Canada. The campaign provides information on young worker’s safety and offers several tools such as comics, a weblog, a Facebook page and a Twitter page.
Info text of the project: "Trust your gut!
Starting your first job can be scary.
It's hard to know what to expect, what questions to ask and what to do about certain situations.
One thing we can tell you for sure is that you'll never be out of line when you ask about safety. After all, it's your day, your life and your body that will be affected by an unsafe work situation.
Did you know that:
- young guys aged 18-24 are three times more likely to be injured on the job than any other workers?
- you are more likely to get hurt within the first six months of employment than any other time?
Tell us your safety stories (both good and bad), let us know where you've seen our posters and get involved. More importantly - give safety a voice!"
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"Jugend will sich erleben" (Youth wants self-experience) is a project by German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV) offering materials for initial vocational education and training to increase awareness of young workers for OSH. Several DVDs, awards activities and an internet portal are part of the project. In 2010, a new DVD was produced, in the scope of a vocational school campaign. The film is called "Everyday heroes" (Alltagshelden), and it shows a normal work day of three slightly different young workers - Michael, Micky and Mike. They encounter the same situations and risks, but their actions and reactions are completely different.
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“Paying Attention Pays”
Youth Employment Educational Outreach Game
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Paying Attention Pays is a fun, innovative, interactive, educational and rewarding game that teaches students and school officials about workplace rights and job safety. The game is supposed to highlight the child labor laws in an easy-to-understand and fun format as well as provide insight into employment-related standards and safety issues.
Paying Attention Pays is designed as a game to encourage group discussion and friendly competition. While participants play the game, they learn and have fun at the same time - participants‘ attention span improves, and information is retained. A summary sheet is handed out at the end of the program so that participants will have a handy resource they can take with them for future reference.
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Everyday there are more than 350,000 workers on the job in British Columbia. They might be changing the oil in deep-fryers, planting trees in the back woods, or cleaning up debris around construction sites. While the jobs they do may differ, young workers all have one thing in common ― they are at high risk of getting injured at work.
This campaign includes a web site, live events, and social media components like links to the "raise Your Hand" Facebook page and Twitter account.
It encourages young workers to be pro-active about their own workplace safety.
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BYGGESIKKERHED.DK
Website For Construction Safety
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This website by the BAR Bygge & Anlæg (Sectoral Working Environment Council on Building and Construction) aims to raise awareness and knowledge about safety in professions in the construction sector.
The website is available in four languages: Danish, English, Polish and German. It contains 15 different areas, each of them covering one profession at the construction site: bricklayer, scaffold builder, glazier, floor fitter, construction builder, mason paviour, building builder, electrician, painter, demolition worker, roofer, carpenter, plumber, asphalt worker and safety representative.
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Passport to Safety
Nationally recognised certificate on OSH knowledge
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Passport to Safety is an innovative national youth health and safety test and transcript programme in Canada that verifies whether young people have a basic understanding of what they need to know to protect themselves from injury at work. The Passport to Safety card is a nationally recognised certificate, which certifies a basic level of health and safety knowledge.
Passport to Safety does not replace the job-specific health and safety training that is required of all employers under Canadian legislation. All employers are still required to provide the training necessary for each worker to be able to perform their job safely.
The Passport to Safety aims to help eliminate needless injuries and preventable deaths of young Canadians aged 24 and under.
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Ambassador network
for teachers in social and health care training programmes
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The Ambassador Network is a programme in social and health care vocational schools to support the teaching of OSH and coach teachers in this area. In each vocational school, an ‘ambassador’ for OSH/work environment training is established to support other teachers. the ambassadors are organised into a network to share e.g. information and experiences.
Instigators of this project are the joint employer-trade union work environment council (BAR) for the social and health care sector.
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Napo
Safety with a smile
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Napo is an original idea conceived by a small group of OSH communications professionals in response to the need for high quality information products to break down national boundaries and address the diverse cultures, languages and practical needs of people at work. Each film is co-produced by a number of European Institutions. The Film Consortium - HSE (UK); DGUV (Germany); INAIL (Italy); INRS (France); SUVA (Switzerland) and AUVA (Austria) - emerged from the European Year of Safety and Health 1992/3, and the European Film Festival held in Thessaloniki in 1992.
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SAFESTART
basic safety through e-Learning
| Bild: | SAFESTART is a project staged by Preventie & Interim as part of the European Leonardo Da Vinci programme. It is a European partnership which aims to enhance work floor safety through the development of a user-friendly e-Learning training course, enabling users to prepare at their own pace for the exam in order to obtain the B-VCA certificate that is mandatory in some European countries.
Safestart is a training course via e-learning in "Basic Safety at Work" for school-leavers, jobseekers and temporary workers.
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"Volle Puste"
Full Breath
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"Volle Puste" (Full Breath) is a project by the Institute and Outpatient Clinic for Occupational, Social and Environmental Medicine at the Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich. It is supported by the Initiative for New Quality at Work (INQA). The project is supposed to raise awareness of the role of respiratory and skin diseases when choosing a profession.
Four E- Learning cases exist so far, dealing with lung and skin diseases in different professions like mechatronic engineers, hairdressers, mechanic engineers and medical technical assistants.
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STAD
Stockholm Prevents Alcohol and Drug Problems
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STAD started in 1995 as a project, and is since the year 2005 a section within the Center for Dependency Disorders in Stockholm, Stockholm County Council. STAD conducts long-term development work in alcohol and drug prevention by testing and evaluating promising methods for the prevention of alcohol and drug problems. Evaluation is being carried out in co-operation with the Department of Public Health Sciences at the Karolinska Institute.
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“New Kids on the Job”
BAR U&F Denmark
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“Ny i job” or “New Kids on the Job” is teaching materials addressed to young people in transition between education and job and to young people, who have just started their working life. Teaching materials are for goal orientated education and instruction to change attitudes to occupational safety and health. It promotes and encourages a preventive culture among young workers and their employers.
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Got a good idea?
College students solve physical workload problems
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Young people with jobs in agriculture and horticulture are exposed to physically demanding working conditions causing risks to their health and safety. This project took the form of a training programme, and targeted agricultural students aged 16-20 years who were employed and attending college at the same time. The programme had two main goals: to educate students on physical strain and how to cope with it and to challenge students to assess their own work environments and to think up ways of improving it.
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