Posters and flyers are not enough. They are largely ignored by young people, and people in general. Classroom and vocational instructors can conduct lessons. Still, others need to be out in the community where the teens are and can feel they are important enough to warrant that more individualized attention.
Having an online forum where teens can ask questions or get answers to their work related questions in plain-english would help them understand their rights and advocate for themselves. I have experienced first hand the difference in many work places for teens, especially those dealing with tips and tip-pools but the rules are constantly changing and find an answer can be difficult.
In 2009, a 19-year-old teenage worker was injured as the edge of the electric drill wrapped around the glove that the worker was wearing, as he was wearing a wide glove suitable for hand-loading workers and not suitable for rotating machine workers. It is good for the worker to wear personal protective equipment, but the most important thing is to wear the appropriate equipment for each work
It is critical to provide hands on real world learning experiences prior to teens entering the workforce for the first time. This can include learning from a guest speaker from an industry they are interested in, having an internship, job shadowing, or taking a tour of a workplace.
When training teens to prepare to enter the workforce, it is critical that they receive training on advocating for themselves in the workplace, disclosing a disability (if applicable) and requesting accommodations if needed. These are critical skills to educate teens on to ensure they feel prepared and confident to enter the workforce.
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In our goal to transition our teen workers into the workforce- we should ensure that they are fully aware of their rights as employees . Only then can we call them empowered. Full employment classes that explain labor rights, safety rights and anti discrimination rights should be a regular "orientation" into the workforce.