Healthy work benefits: employing young people

Last reviewed on 23/06/2014 11:18

For a young person entering the workplace, sometimes for the first time, adjusting to working life, while learning and performing tasks they may never have undertaken before can be a transition.

Successfully managing their integration can involve different considerations to that of a more work experienced staff member.

As part of your induction procedures, when employing a young person you may want to assess or provide more information and support on the following areas, especially if they are entering the workplace for the first time:

  • Clear definition of their role and the expectations on them
  • Information and support around working hours, breaks, dress code, pay/tax, working conditions (especially if they are totally new to the workplace)
  • Enhanced health and safety induction if they have no prior knowledge/experience
  • Introduce greater responsibilities gradually, expand the challenges as they are ready for them, recognising some may adapt more quickly than others
  • Driving at/for work, as they can be relatively newly experienced drivers (though this can apply at any age), or unfamiliar with larger/specialised work vehicles.

Legal obligations

There are also legal duties and obligations specific to young people under the age of 18.

Related video

You can also watch the Health Risks at Work video online to find out more information.