News Worth Celebrating! Safety in Schools Awards 100,000th Safety Training Certificate!

This past March, Safety in Schools awarded their 100,000th safety training certificate. That’s more than $3.5 million worth of workplace safety training delivered at no cost to students, to date! This incredible accomplishment has taken tremendous dedication and hard work, from developing new courses to informing teachers on how to use the program. To honour them, we are happy to present them with a plaque to recognize this historic achievement in making a difference in health and safety to 100,000 youth across Canada! 

Founder of Safety in Schools, Cal Fairbanks presenting our plaque to Ross Wickware, Managing Director. 

Let’s all put our hands together and celebrate this astounding achievement together! Congratulations Safety in Schools!

Safety in Schools began with the motive to shine a spotlight on the brutal statistics of youth being injured in the workplace. Founder Cal Fairbanks came across an article about youth being injured in the workplace and the lack of discussion around protecting them as a result, Safety in Schools was born. Safety in Schools is a non-profit organization established in 2010 with the desire to educate young, high school students about workplace safety and all it entails. Their goal is to prepare every young person entering the workforce with knowledge on workplace safety and they’re well on their way!

They started out as a pilot program to determine if it would be feasible. In 2011, the program was introduced into one high school with seven students and rapidly spread to 160 high schools in Alberta and, then establishing its roots out of province. The expansion of Safety in Schools over the years is remarkable. The collaboration of partners who share the same motivation to help educate young workers has led to new opportunities to expand and reach many more young workers.

In 2017, Service Hospitality partnered with the national non-profit organization, for a pilot program that has continued to grow exponentially since it’s inception. With the mutual goal to target young workers between the age of 15 and 24, Safety in Schools delivers free online, industry-recognized workplace safety courses to high school students and when completed the participant receives a safety certificate. Safety in Schools offers a collection of 10 Saskatchewan aligned courses available for teachers and students covering a variety of topics. The more safety information provided to youth the less likely they will be injured in their career.

“200, 300, 400, 500 thousand, it’s limitless what we are able to do with this program, it’s just a matter of time and I’m really excited about that.” -Sara Rooseboom


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