Health and safety awareness for work experience students

Sites should encourage and create opportunities for work experience on site.

It is important to inform the younger generation of the various career opportunities available within the construction industry, to ensure new talent and diverse skills are introduced to the industry.

Below is an example of how sites have raised health and safety awareness amongst work experience students:

  • A work experience programme was set up with the local colleges, to enable local students to gain work experience on site;
  • All work experience trainees were provided with a dedicated training laptop with the CSCS Health, Safety and Environment (HS&E) operatives test installed on it;
  • Exam conditions were enforced to simulate what the actual test would be like and once the test was completed and passed, each trainee received a certificate;
  • The aim of this was to ensure that at the end of their time on site, every work experience trainee had a greater understanding of health and safety;
  • This also prepared them to take the CITB HS&E test as soon as they were able to.

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Monitor Report, Morgan Sindall, Essex, March 2015

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