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The Upper Austrian Vocational Training Institute, the BFI, and the Linz Labour Inspectorate jointly conducted the project "safety4youth". 18 students of the 15 to 18 age group were coached by the BFI within the framework of a vocational training course. Two thirds of the training period had to be completed in one of the partner companies. A presentation of the Labour Inspectorate was combined with information about occupational safety and health, with the focus on health hazards and burdens. Subsequently, the students verified this information through their own observations in their on-the-job training with the aid of a questionnaire. On the example of the burdens identified by the students in the companies, a physician of the Labour Inspectorate led a discussion about their implications for the affected people. Another questionnaire was used for examining the measures undertaken against the burdens experienced during their on-the-job training. During a tour of VOESTALPINE – a leading European processing group with its own steelmaking facilities and headquarters in Austria – the students were familiarised with the activities of the Confidential Youth Council and of the safety expert. They visited the training workshop and were shown positive examples and options. At the same time, the young people learned about and participated in the health project of the training workshop, "Apprentice in Motion". Upon completion, they presented their project results in the presence of the trainers. Since the project was successful, it will be integrated into the regular curriculum.

Level of Education: Initial vocational education and training

Lead Organisation: The Upper Austrian Vocational Training Institute, the BFI, and the Austrian Labour Inspectorate Linz

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