Level 3 Safety, Health and Environment Technician Apprenticeship 

The first Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) apprenticeship has been developed by a ‘Trailblazer’ group of employers and approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships (IFA).

IOSH was consulted and engaged during the 18-month development, ensuring the standard of the apprenticeship is appropriate and robust, and that it covers the relevant knowledge, skills and behaviours required for Technical Membership.

IOSH are now considered the secretariat for the apprenticeship, so will facilitate and adopt the future development and necessary update of the standard and assessment methodology, working as a single point of contact. Employers will continue to make decisions and provide direction for the apprenticeship

What apprentices need to know

Anyone aged 16 or above can apply and no experience is required. Working towards or already achieved GCSE grades C or above in Maths and English are required and a knowledge of commonly used computer applications is recommended for the academic elements.

This apprenticeship is equivalent to two A-levels and takes 18-24 months to complete. Following a full 24 month journey, IOSH technical membership will be achieved. View the full specification.

The first 300 SHE apprentices to apply for IOSH student membership will get their membership for free.

Free IOSH Student Membership for SHE Apprentices. Apply now!What employers need to know

All employers operating in the UK, with annual pay bills over £3 million are required to contribute to a new apprenticeship levy, however changes to funding for apprentices have affected all employers.

It is therefore in an employer’s interest to offer apprenticeships, so they can reclaim the levy they have paid. Read further guidance on the apprenticeship levy.

Apprentices are no longer just for school leavers. They cover a wide range of levels up to Masters Degree and are for anyone of any age.

Many employers already benefit from taking on an apprentice. We now have the opportunity to build on that and offer apprenticeships in other critical areas.

By recruiting an apprentice, your organisation will benefit from

  • new or existing employees trained up to current SHE standards and expectations
  • fresh and improved safety management techniques, reducing your risk profile
  • contribution to local employment, skills sharing and the overall retention of highly-skilled personnel in your sector

Your apprentices will be able to build a strong network of peers across the industry which they will be able to harness throughout their career, developing collaborative skills and behaviours, sharing ideas and best practice among fellow SHE professionals.

To find training providers for the SHE Apprenticeship, visit the Gov.uk website.

Training and assessment opportunities

There are many ways for trainers to get involved. Firstly, they must sign up to the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers. Find out details of how to apply on the Gov.uk website.

Once a delegate has been through the course, all work must be submitted to an end-point assessor for validation. A full list of end-point assessors can be found on the Gov.uk website.

IOSH has provided its own apprenticeship pathway, utilising a combination of three readily-available courses. To see how these courses meet the skills, knowledge and behaviour competencies required, please see our pathway document.

For additional questions please see the FAQs.

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