When you look at the numbers relating to workplace deaths, injuries, and illnesses in the UK, the case for organisations training health and safety apprentices is overwhelming.
The cost to businesses and the country is staggering – £15 billion in one year from ill health and injuries because of current working conditions and £ 5.2 billion because of workplace injuries (HSE: 2016/17).
So, ensuring your own health and safety apprentices are trained to SHE (Safety, Health, and Environment) technician Level 3 helps to reduce the cost of workplace injuries and illnesses to your business or organisation, keeps your staff safe, and ensures you remain on the right side of the law.
The regulations relating to health and safety and the environment are complex and the potential penalties for breaching them can be severe. Leaders need access to expert knowledge to reduce the risks to their organisations and employees.
During the training, apprentices will develop the occupational competence to advise on statutory health, safety, and environmental requirements which impact on organisations and businesses.
Other benefits include the fact they bring back fresh safety management techniques to the workplace with the latest improvements to procedures and your new or existing employees are trained to current SHE expectations and standards.
The knowledge and new skills they learn will also help develop their careers and boost the retention of skilled workers in your sector and in your business.
What are the statistics for workplace injuries and illnesses?
The Health and Safety Executive released figures which show:
- 1.4 million workers suffered from a work-related illness in 2017/18.
- 144 workers died at work in 2017/18 and 147 died at work in 2018/19.
- 71,062 non-fatal injuries to employees were reported by employers (under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations) in 2017/18.
- 555,000 injuries to workers (mon-fatal) were self-reported in 2017/18, estimates from the Labour Force Survey say.
- 3.9 million self-reported working days were lost because of non-fatal workplace injuries, the Labour Force Survey in 2017/18 estimates.
- 30.7 million working days were lost due because of work-related illnesses and workplace injuries in 2017/18.
What is the SHE Level 3 technician apprenticeship?
The apprenticeship is Institution of Occupational Safety and Health-approved training which is the first programme of its kind in the UK.
During its 18-month development, the IOSH was consulted to ensure the standard of training is robust and appropriate and that the relevant knowledge is imparted to apprentices.
At the end of the apprenticeship, those who qualify gain technical membership of the IOSH.
The apprenticeship is the equivalent of two A-levels and takes between 18 and 24 months to complete.
Qualification is obtained by a two-hour exam, the assessment of a 2,000-word work project, and an hour-long, recorded professional discussion.
Find out more about the course here.
How do you choose the right course provider for your business?
Look for a provider with a proven track record of providing apprenticeships to businesses and large public sector organisations, like ours at Cognitia. Our health and safety apprenticeship clients have included Virgin Media, Costain, John Sisk and Son, Menzies Aviation, Morgan Sindall, and Brent Council.
Ensure the trainers are highly qualified and that the apprenticeships they provide are accredited.
Could we help you with SHE Level 3 technical apprenticeships? Call 02921 675265 or book online here.