A young workers forum will be hosted by the Zero Harm at Work Leadership Program. The name of the forum, Young Workers: Unique risks, unique opportunities will be opened to not only to young Queensland based workers but also to senior managers, industry associations and unions as well as training, employment and labour hire groups.
This is the first forum of this nature aimed at young people although it is open to almost everyone to educate them about young people in the workplace. The aim of the forum is to educate about the unique risks that young people face on the job. It will also attempt to provide employers with ways of managing these risks.
On its website the ACT WorkSafety Authority had this to say about the forum:
The Zero Harm at Work Leadership Program is pleased to be hosting the young worker forum, Young workers: Unique risks, unique opportunities.
This forum, a first for the Leadership Program is open to senior managers and young workers from Queensland businesses, industry associations, training, employment and labour hire groups and unions.
Attendees will increase their understanding of the unique risk profile of young workers and the ways that business can manage these risks and capitalise on the opportunities and potential that young workers present.
The forum is set to include a detailed case study of commonwealth funded volunteer apprentice mentoring scheme that connects apprentices with trained volunteer industry mentors for one-on-one support in the workplace as well as preview of technologies with the premise that technology and young workers can be better utilised to increase company productivity.
Forums of this nature are important because young workers represent approximately 17 per cent of the workforce and their needs and abilities are different from experienced workers because these young workers are still growing and developing mentally, physically and emotionally. Statistics have proven that these workers are also at a higher risk of injury and illness at work especially in industries that are already high risk such as construction, manufacturing, rural and labour hire industries. At the same time, despite the unique risks this section of the workforce presents, they are essential to the future of all industries in Oz.
The post went on to detail more of the information on young workers that the forum will present:
a keynote address by an organisational psychologist specialising in young workers
a detailed case study of commonwealth funded volunteer apprentice mentoring scheme that connects apprentices with carefully selected and trained volunteer industry mentors for one-on-one support in the workplace
a preview of technologies—using young workers and technology for better engagement and increased productivity
a presentation from a young worker
an opportunity to ask questions of an expert panel.
Young workers – a snapshot
15 to 24 years old.
For anyone wishing to attend, the forum will be held at the Central Auditorium, Brisbane Technology Park, 1 Clunies Ross Court (off Miles Platting Road), Eight Mile Plains on Monday 28 October 2013 from 3-5:30pm.