To mark National Apprenticeship Week, IOSH caught up with the first cohort of SHE Apprentices and spoke to them about their experiences and hopes for the future.
Following the development of the Level 3 Safety, Health and Environment Technician (SHE) Apprenticeship by a ‘Trailblazer’ group of employers, the first cohort of learners is about to complete the apprenticeship.
The Apprenticeship, approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education, was designed over an 18-month development consultation with IOSH to ensure learners gain ‘robust’ training, covering the relevant knowledge, skills and behaviours required for Technical Membership of IOSH.
As Secretariat for the scheme, IOSH have had the privilege of watching young people develop through essential training programmes like the SHE apprenticeship.
Leon Axisa, SHE Technician Apprentice stated:
“The course has taken me from my day-to-day as a health and safety coordinator in the automotive industry. I would really recommend the SHE apprenticeship, because of the level of support I receive from my tutors, as well as the knowledge and the tools you are provided with to get you to where you need to be. It’s all there, it’s all in front of you”.
The SHE apprenticeship typically lasts for two years, offering prospective learners up to £5,000 in funding. Ahead of the course gaining 60 apprentices by April, IOSH spoke to SHE Technician Apprenticeship Tutor, Prity Lad-Patel, who told us:
“We use a really good system called apprentix, to try and engage learners, but not making it all about visual aids, by putting on classroom sessions and having one-to-one contact hours supported by learning logs we are able to do this.”
“Speaking as someone that’s been in the industry for a long time, the SHE Apprenticeship scheme is an excellent way of learning health and safety because it has both practical and theory content. It engages learners by showing them what is out there and then puts it into practice.”
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