Young workers must prove job-readiness

Saskatchewan requires certification around health and safety, employment standards
By Danielle Harder
|Western Report|Last Updated: 04/19/2010

Devan Pilatzke is hoping to start his first job soon as a busboy or food preparation worker at a local restaurant.

“When you’re a kid, you don’t have any income and you don’t always want to rely on your parents,” says the 15-year-old student from Regina.

But first Pilatzke had to pass a mandatory job-readiness test. As of the end of March, all 14- and 15-year-old workers in Saskatchewan must take an online course — focused on occupational health and safety, employment standards and rights and responsibilities — to be certified. They also require their parents’ written consent to work.