The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has partnered up with America Achieves to promote young worker health and safety. America Achieves is a nonprofit that focuses on education-to-work-force issues. Together, NIOSH and America Achieves developed a new forum called Quest for Success, a curriculum designed to help students learn about themselves and their skills, in addition to helping them navigate high school and their secondary education. The goal is to help students achieve their career and life choices.
NIOSH was established by the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 as a research agency focused on the study of worker safety and health, while empowering employers and employees to create safe and healthy work environments.
According to America Achieves, a projected 65 percent of jobs will require education and training that goes beyond traditional high school education by 2020. Quest for Success will provide information, training, and materials to young people entering the workforce and preparing for future jobs. It will help students navigate different industry sectors, as well as new and in-demand careers. Students can also expect help developing cross-sector knowledge, skills, and character.
Quest for success was originally developed in collaboration with educators through a partnership with the Louisiana Department of Education. With input from industry partners, employers, and experts, it has been subsequently revised so that it can be adapted and implemented nationally.
The job market is constantly changing. In addition to jobs requiring new skills, many jobs also require cross-sector competencies in a variety of different areas. There are an estimated six million unfilled job positions in the United States alone, so competent and skilled individuals are in demand. It is important for students to have collaboration, communication, and critical thinking skills to be successful in the workplace.
In addition to helping young people prepare to enter the workforce, Quest for Success also aims to keep future employees safe and healthy while on the job. The curriculum also offers students the knowledge and skills they will need to stay safe at work. Young people will be provided with materials that cover how to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses, as well as different types of hazards. Materials will also cover thinking strategies that young people will need to identify control strategies for common workplace health and safety hazards.
Sustaining an injury on the job can leave you out of work and worried about your lost wages. If you or someone you know was injured on the job, contact a Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyer at Gross & Kenny, LLP today. Our experienced lawyers will fight for your rights. For a free consultation, contact us online or call us at 267-589-0090. Located in Philadelphia, we proudly serve clients throughout Pennsylvania.