Title Safestart: Basic Safety Training for Jobseekers and Temporary Workers. Translation and dissemination in different Member states
Project Number 2008-1-BE3-LEO05-00288
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Safestart has already been introduced and elaborated in different member states (BE, FR, NL, LUX, PL, MT) and was proved to be useful and applicable for the meant target set.
Extending the program towards other member states (BG, HU, RO, EL, TR) is an answer to an existing need in all member states, especially for workers in new and candidate member states.
It enables a better integration of workers form other member states (high demand for training these workers, especially in Belgium, the Netherlands, …), where the existing language barrier not only causes higher risks at work, but equally means a high barrier for possible employment.
Summary Safestart is a European initiative designed to enhance work floor safety through the development of an e-learning programme. The user can acquire basic knowledge of safety in a user-friendly way and prepare for the “VCA basic safety” training certificate, which is mandatory in some European countries, at his own pace.
Non-managerial staff in risk-sector companies must have a basic knowledge of safety and occupational risks on the work place, certainly by high-risk activities. A lot of European companies want their workers to be in possession of a Basic Safety Training Certificate, which can be obtained after passing an examination given by a recognised examination centre.
A certificate is required, already today, by companies in Holland, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Luxembourg and France. Some companies require basic safety knowledge of their new employees and their contractors' employees in the different EU member states. Discussions are taking place in order to get this certificate recognised at the European level.
This therefore mainly concerns school–leavers and jobseekers, including temps in particular. In practice, these two target groups, if they don’t have a certificate, can find it harder to enter the labour market.
At this time, this training is not yet incorporated into the professional teaching study programmes, so school-leavers have to attend an additional training and pass an examination to obtain the training certificate.
The temp group is a group at risk. It is mainly composed of young, inexperienced workers. At the time they start to work, there is often a lack of information and training, and inadequate communication between the temp, the temping company and the client company. Temps consequently run a greater risk of industrial accident. It is therefore important, especially for them, that the content of the course on safety is properly assimilated.
However, this training is difficult for them to access and constitutes an obstacle to entering the labour market. We must consequently promote this training by making it more accessible.
Innovative teaching means are necessary to incorporate this study programme into the existing vocational training and to give the possibility to school-leavers or jobseekers who do not yet have this necessary certificate to prepare for the examination required for obtaining it.
Safestart is a learning aid:
- for independent study;
- as part of blended learning;
- didactic support for courses in a class-teaching context.
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
Information and Communication
• An e-learning course that can be embedded in any SCORM-compliant learning environment. It is in multimedia form, with illustrations and animations, interactive exercises and the necessary assessment tests. The course is fully supported by voice-over audio. It includes an exam and a certificate so that the trainee can prove that he/she understood the content.
• A portal site www.safestart.eu, with general information about the content of the course, the target groups, the target institutions, contact information, etc. in the various languages. Any interested parties can refer to this portal for information about the areas covered; the portal is also the starting point for running the course.