In Autumn this year we will see the launch of a new health, safety and environmental apprenticeship, a two-year programme that will take someone brand new to health and safety and give them hands-on development up to TechIOSH level.
I am working as part of the trailblazers group developing the apprenticeship to make sure the standard and programme are fit-for-purpose for manufacturing. The apprenticeship is going through the approval process and I’ll keep you up to date with any developments.
The apprenticeship will be aimed at those completely new to the profession, such as a safety representative that wants to further their career, an employee who shows a desire to be more involved in health & safety or a school leaver who has chosen health & safety as their career and will cover the technical knowledge alongside the soft skills needed to be effective in the role such as:
- Clear communication
- Elements of a positive HSE culture
- The professional code of conduct
- HSE management system implementation
- Risk assessment & control
- Inspections & proactive monitoring methods
- Establishing relationship with external stakeholders
- Research methods
- Financial management
- The moral, legal & economic reason for HSE
- A clear understanding of relevant laws & standards
- Origins of human behaviour
- Emergency preparedness
- Incident investigation
As an entry level apprenticeship it is aimed at those without an existing Level 3 (or higher) qualification in Safety, Health or Environment. Prior qualifications will affect the amount of funding available, full funding will be available if the applicant has no previous health, safety for environmental qualifications at Level 3 or above or the employer can demonstrate substantive new skills or content will be gained from the SHE apprenticeship.
Those who qualify for full funding will be able to use their Apprenticeship levy funds.
We are drawing on the experience and expertise of our apprenticeships team to ensure we fully understand the implications of funding, assessments and the range of apprenticeship specific criteria the programme needs to meet to make sure we are able to help members and manufacturers get value from the apprenticeship offering.
I will be blogging and providing tools and guides as the apprenticeship develops, sign up to keep updated below.
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