It’s been over 200 years since one of the first laws protecting worker’s health was laid out before parliament, and while the Health & Morals of Apprentices Act of 1802 has long since been repealed, the value of the Apprenticeship to both Employer AND Apprentice, has never been stronger.
Blending the ingredients of Learning, Skills development, Assessment and practical work based Application, the apprenticeship has seen a resurgence as an effective means of developing new staff and team members in a way that directly benefits the prospects of the apprentice, and the real world value they bring to their employers.
And while it has taken centuries for those benefits to be applied to the business-critical role of ensuring safety, health and environmental risks are managed, 2020 will see the very first successful completion of a modern apprenticeship designed to do just that.
Proving to its initial critics, that for those organisations who equally value longer term skills development and organisational impact, alongside practical risk management and improving workplace conditions, the Safety, Health & Environmental Technician Apprenticeship is not only an effective learning & development solution, but also a great investment in its risk management strategy.
And with the Apprenticeships being fully funded in some cases (through the Apprenticeship Levy fund, or regional skills and employment grants), it becomes an obvious and viable choice.
This route isn’t for every employer or every individual on their professional journey, but it’s certainly proving itself to be one worth considering.
If you’d like to find out how international risk management training providers and consultants Cognitia Consulting are bringing the UK’s first SHE-Tech Apprenticeship over the finishing line, you can download our guide by clicking HERE