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Safe working qualification for young people launched

A new qualification has been previewed that aims to improve young people's understanding of safe working when taking part in work experience.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in partnership with the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), British Safety Council Awards (BSC Awards) and ENTO announced the new workplace hazard awareness course and qualification at an event in Sheffield organised by IOSH.

Minister for health and safety, Lord Hunt of Kings Heath, attended the preview of the qualification and associated teaching materials.

Jonathan Rees, HSE deputy chief executive, said: "We believe in working in strong partnership and this new qualification is the perfect example of how HSE, government and industry can work together to ensure that tomorrow's workforce has a sound basis for understanding the hazards that confront us every day at work."

The Workplace Hazard Awareness Qualification at entry level 3 is based on the new national occupational standard for basic hazard awareness developed by ENTO. It aims to provide Year 10 students with a basic understanding of health and safety in the workplace and what to expect of their employer.

Ossett School in Ossett, West Yorkshire was one of the schools that piloted the teaching materials. Head teacher Martin Shevill said: "This is a very positive development to ensure the safety of school students in the workplace. We are looking at the possibility of introducing this for students on extended work placements."

Teaching materials to support the qualification have been produced by IOSH and will be available for teachers to download for free from Wiseup2work in December. Teachers can register their interest at www.wiseup2work.co.uk

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