The government of Nova Scotia is encouraging youth in Nova Scotia to take part in a national video contest highlighting workplace safety and fairness.
“The number of young people injured at work has lessened, however, they still remain one of the most vulnerable groups of workers,” a statement from the departments of labour and education said. “Nova Scotia is teaming with the federal government and the other provinces and territories to launch the national video contest.”
The “It's Your Job” contest invites high school students and young people age 18-24, to create and submit a video related to awareness about workplace health and safety, or employment standards, such as fair wages, vacation pay or overtime. Videos in the two age categories can be up to two minutes long.
The 18-to-24 age category is open to Canadians, with a national winner. High school students will compete provincially, with winning videos advancing to a national contest. A panel of celebrity judges will select the top videos for both categories, with prizes of $3,000.
"This contest is a great way to get youth and young adults like us engaged in discussions about workplace health and safety," Dayna Hackett, human resources student at NSCC, said in a press release. "It's important to get involved and understand the impact it can have on our work life. We have a right to be safe and to be treated fairly."
Shelley Rowan, vice-president of prevention and service delivery with the Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia, said it’s important for youth to talk about workplace safety.
"As we finalize our workplace safety strategy together, we're incredibly pleased to be partnering with the province on this creative initiative," she said. "Our young Nova Scotians represent the future of our workforce, which is why it is so important to have conversations about workplace safety early on."
The top videos can be viewed online in May, where people can vote for their favourite. The contest opens Feb. 1. The deadline for submissions is April 5.
For more information, go to HYPERLINK "http://www.gov.ns.ca/lae/itsyourjob" www.gov.ns.ca/lae/itsyourjob