IOSH Working Safely For Apprentices

IOSH Working Safely Course For Apprentices

In Britain in the last decade 53 under 19s were killed at work and over 13,000 suffered major injuries. More than 42,000 other teenagers were also hurt at their work. A young worker is seriously injured at work every 40 minutes. At first4safety we want to help provide a competitive advantage for school leavers especially those students seeking apprenticeships. We also believe that student’s safe behaviour will be enhanced through full understanding of Hazards and Risk Assessment

What are the benefits for students?
• Key life skills in hazard and risk identification
• Students gain a clear advantage at application / interview stage / enhanced C.V.
• Employers state 75% more chance of an interview with Working Safely Passport
• Nationally recognised certificated Training Provider

First4Safety is an approved IOSH training provider. This course is also available via e-learning and as such curriculum time is not disrupted.

Objectives – 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.

Each student will receive a user name and password. The average time to complete the course is 15 hours however all students will have 6 months time limit to sit the final assessment.

Case Studies

Steve Burke’s employer committed serious – criminal – safety offences, but will escape with a fine. The trainee scaffolder didn’t get off so lightly; he never lived to see his 18th birthday. Young workers like Steve aren’t “accident prone” or careless, they are inexperienced. When they die, it means not enough was done to protect them.

Steven Burke’s death was no accident. A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found there were 2,500 too few poles used in the construction of scaffold from which the 17-year-old fell. HSE concluded the scaffold was sub-standard and the safety practices, supervision and harnesses used by 3D Scaffolding were inadequate. And Steven’s is not an isolated case.

Seventeen-year-old Daniel Dennis died in his first week working for a roofing firm after falling from a roof. He had received no training and had no safety equipment. Lewis Murphy died aged 18 in a massive fireball after his manager helped him pour a mixture of petrol and diesel into a waste oil tank. And Christopher Kesterton was killed aged 16 just weeks after leaving school, crushed by a two tonne structure on a construction site.

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.

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