GLAA launches course to keep students safe from labour abuse

A new qualification providing students with the skills and knowledge to protect themselves from labour abuse will launch next week.

According to the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA), the Level 1 Award in Workers’ Rights and Labour Exploitation has been developed by the GLAA in partnership with the Skills and Education Group, the University of Nottingham’s Rights Lab and Boston College in Lincolnshire.

The pilot project will be run across a range of colleges and other educational establishments and involve about 1,000 young adults from 1 February, the GLAA said.

The 10-hour course has been designed specifically for those entering the world of work, offering what the GLAA termed “a crash course” in understanding their rights in the workplace, covering everything from how to apply for jobs safely to the National Minimum Wage, holiday pay and reading payslips.

They will also be taught how to identify the main signs of modern slavery and labour exploitation, and the ways they can report concerns to the GLAA and law enforcement in the interactive course.

Students will be assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations at the end of the project, which will be regulated by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual).

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