A key element of emergency response planning is being prepared and have a robust response to incidents and emergencies.
One step that has been taken recently has been the introduction of a health and safety apprenticeship, which provides young people with a broader scope of apprenticeship and covering all the key elements to mitigate safety risks and help businesses manage any areas of potential harm to employees. This is a level three qualification which is the equivalent of two A-Levels. Apprentices can earn as they learn and benefit from on-the-job practical knowledge and training.
Ian Nixon, Highway and Nuclear Sector SHE Manager at Costain, told Construction Enquirer: “Every business is placing a premium on those employees who have the expertise and abilities to assess the operational risks of new technologies and implement steps to ensure that staff can manage them safely and securely.”
The health and safety apprenticeship is England’s first scheme of its kind and has been developed by Costain, HS2, Thames Water, Sapa UK, Mitie, Morrison Utilities, Permission Homes, Sisk, Skanska, and Balfour Beatty.
Twenty apprentices will start their apprenticeships shortly, with another 160 set to follow soon.
Apprenticeships have been expanded greatly in recent years with an increased focus on vocational training. There have been a number of schemes developed to make it economically viable for businesses, including small businesses, to offer apprenticeship opportunities to young people.
There has also been a focus on ensuring the apprenticeships are aimed at an increasingly diverse group of young people to increase the number of young people considering careers in engineering and construction.
The health and safety apprenticeship is the first of its kind.