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Clients and contractors create health and safety apprenticeships

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A new apprenticeship scheme focusing on safety, health and the environment (She) has been launched.

The development of the qualification has been led by a working group including HS2, Thames Water, Sapa UK, Mitie, Morrison Utilities, Persimmon Homes, Sisk, Skanska, Balfour Beatty and Costain.

Apprentices will become skilled in spotting health risks and mitigating safety concerns.

The first 20 apprentices have already started work, with another 160 due to start. Two of these will start work with Costain on its A-one+ Joint Venture in Kent in September.

The two-year apprenticeship is a level three qualification, the equivalent of two A Levels, with 20% of the apprentices time spent on off the job training.

Costain highway and nuclear sector She manager Ian Nixon said: “Technological innovation is transforming the workplace across every industry. Every business is placing a premium on those employees who have the expertise and abilities to assess the operational risks of these new technologies and implement steps to ensure that staff can manage them safely and securely.

”That is why, in partnership with colleagues from across many different sectors, we have developed England’s first She apprenticeship.

“This new scheme will equip trainees with the knowledge, expertise and skills needed to mitigate safety risks and help businesses manage any areas of potential harm to employees.” 

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