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IOSH Training for BTECH Students and Apprentices : Online Health and Safety eLearning Packages 

BTECH Students & Apprentices

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 Many students leave school looking for an apprenticeship in plumbing, carpentry , electrician, motor mechanics and painting and decorating. However many start work not realising the dangers they face. In Britain, a worker aged between 16 and 24 years old suffers a reported workplace injury requiring more than 3 days off work every 12 minutes of every working day. A young worker is seriously injured at work every 40 minutes. Workplace fatalities in the 16-24 age range occur at a rate of more than one a month. There is evidence work is becoming more hazardous for young workers. The combined total for “fatal and major injuries” in 16-24 year old employees has trended upwards in recent years.
There are over 4 million workers in the UK aged between 16 and 24 years old. Over half a million of these are only 16-17 years old, have little previous experience of work and yet can be taken from school and placed in most jobs facing most hazards.They are more likely to be in a first job, more likely to be new to a job and more likely to be in an insecure or temporary job. They are at the bottom of the workplace pecking order, with little influence, power or knowledge of workplace culture and rights. That can be a dangerous combination at the start of a working life.  Add to this the half million school students who go on work placement every year and the quarter of a million who at any one time are on government supported apprenticeship schemes, and that is a lot of young people facing a lot of risks in a lot of workplaces. Schools, colleges and business are beginning to see the importance of training young people and the IOSH working safely course gives students a good start to their working life.


Below is an example of BTECH courses that schools are more and more recognising the need for health and safety training for students

BTEC  in Construction which is a six unit course introducing pupils to not only a range of constructions skills such as carpentry and bricklaying but also an understanding of the Construction Industry. The course is very hands-on and every attempt is made to apply new skills in a real world context. Units offered include brickwork, carpentry and joinery, plastering, painting and decorating, roofing, tiling, plumbing and electrical operations.

BTECH in design and technology pupils combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products and systems that meet human needs. They learn to use current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments. They learn to think creatively and intervene to improve the quality of life, solving problems as individuals and members of a team. The department has a suite of six rooms, many facilities and a wide range of equipment, ranging from traditional tools to more up to date equipment. Equipment includes a laser cutter and dedicated computer areas which enable pupils to further their designs.

BTECH Diploma in production arts  /Technical Theatre  includes stage lighting and sound, video projection, stage management, set construction and painting, technical maintenance and electrical installation. Students frequently work on productions, building their portfolios for the next stage of their professional careers.

Objectives of IOSH Working safely course

By the end of the training students will be able to:

  • Identify common hazards in the workplace
  • Be aware that some types of injury or ill-health can occur after prolonged exposure
  • Identify factors that constitute a satisfactory working environment.
  • Appreciate how individual actions may endanger colleagues or those passing through the workplace


For students who successfully complete the final assessments, there is a choice of accreditation, either an IOSH Working safely certificate or an IOSH passport card programme. Working safely meets the government’s guidelines for introductory health and safety training and is a 100 per cent match to the Health and Safety Executive’s ‘passport’ syllabus.

Working Safely: eLearning

IOSH approved course

The Working Safely course is a web-based eLearning course – you will be able to access the course over the internet from any modern browser.

You can complete the course at any time suitable to you. You have 6 months available to complete the course – we estimate that you will spend around 8 hours on the course, however this will vary significantly person-to-person.

For further information on the Working Safely course, please click here.

Individual Enrolment

Sign up yourself or another person to the course

Signing up, you provide us with a name and email address – we then set you up a user profile on our eLearning programme.

Users have 6 months to work through and complete the coursework. To pass the course and receive the IOSH certificate the user must successfully complete the two final assessments.

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