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January 21, 2013
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Youth invited to compete in workplace video contest
Environment, Labour and Justice
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Young Islanders will have a chance to talk about workplace safety and worker rights in a video contest aimed at raising engagement and awareness, Environment, Labour and Justice Minister Janice Sherry says.
“The It's Your Job ...Workplace Rights, Camera, Action! Young Worker Video Contest is being run by my department and the Workers Compensation Board in order to get young people involved in a discussion about worker safety and rights,” said Minister Sherry. “This is a great chance for Islanders to show their creativity while learning about their rights as workers.”
The contest challenges high school students, and 18 - 24 year old youth not in high school, to create videos that illustrate the importance of workplace safety and worker rights. Winning entries will be posted on the It’s Your Job Youtube site, with contestants from across the country competing for national and Fan Favourite prizes.
“The contest is an opportunity for young people to share their ideas about the workplace issues that affect them and it uses the forum of this generation, social media, to spread the word,” said Nancy Guptill, Workers Compensation Board Chair. “The knowledge and skills that young people can learn from each other will help to empower and protect them throughout their working lives.”
Contestants can submit videos starting February 1, 2013 until the contest closes on April 5, 2013.
There are two sections to the contest:
• High school students can enter the PEI contest to win $1,000 and $1,000 for the winner’s school. The winner of the PEI contest will automatically be entered in the Canadian high school contest for the chance to win up to $2,000 more for the winner and his/her school.
• Islanders 18-24, and not in high school, can enter the national contest and win up to $3,000.
Top videos in both categories will be viewed by Canadians coast to coast during Fan Favourite voting during North American Occupational Safety and Health Week in May 2013. The Fan Favourite wins $1,000.
Full contest details, including tips, rules and entry forms, are available at on the Workers Compensation Board website at: www.wcb.pe.ca/Workplace/Contest.