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Health and Safety for Apprentices

By: Emma Jones - Updated: 16 Oct 2018 | comments*Discuss
 
Health And Safety Health And Safety

As an employee, you have the right to feel safe and happy in your working environment and not be exposed to any dangerous situations. Your company has to have health and safety guidelines by law and must make sure that you are given adequate training in them.

They also have the responsibility to remove or fix any hazards in your workplace and give you the means to be safe if you are working off site. When you start your new job as an apprentice make sure you receive health and safety training and beware of any potential dangers.

Health and Safety Training

As part of the training that you receive as an apprentice you should be given health and safety training. The content and amount of this will vary depending on your job role. In some environments, such as factories or building sites, there will be more dangerous hazards than in places such as offices.

Your health and safety training should be comprehensive and give you a clear understanding of the dangers, processes in place to protect you and what you can do to keep yourself safe.

Health and Safety Law

There are health and safety laws in place to protect employees against harm. These laws require your employer to do a number of things. They need to do a full risk assessment of the premises to identify any potential hazards and then work out how to prevent them. This information must be written up and available to staff as well as training being given so that they understand it fully.

Report Any Problems

If you have not received any formal health and safety training then talk to your manager about it as it is important that you made aware of any potential dangers. If you spot anything that you think may result in a hazard then report it to the relevant health and safety officer. It is the responsibility of every member of staff to make sure that the workplace is a safe environment.

Stay Safe

Following your health and safety training you need to take onboard the information that you are given and protect yourself suitably. Never flout health and safety regulations however trivial they may seem. Your safety is much more important than looking cool or making life a bit easier. You are within your rights to refuse to do something if you think it compromises your health and safety so you need to look out for yourself.

As an apprentice you receive a lot of training in different aspects of the job. Make sure that as part of the programme you receive health and safety training. Your company is required by health and safety law to minimise the hazards in your workplace and tell you about how to protect yourself, even when you are working off site.

If they don’t, then ask about it so you are clear what dangers to avoid. If you see any dangers then report them and make sure you look after yourself, abiding by the health and safety rules – they are there for a reason.

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Hi my son started an apprentice yesterday.After an interview at a pub he got the position started at 0600 and was picked up and taken to Luton as this is where the current contract is we live in Shropshire he was told there would be overnight stays.He was given ten pounds for his tea and came back today at 2000 but was told his working day was till 1600 is this correct
Mike Greenfingers - 16-Oct-18 @ 8:23 PM
My daughter turned 19 on the 8th September 2018.She is a 2nd year apprentice.She is querying her pay as she was only paid the £3.70 ph in Septembers months wages. Her employer said she is not entitled to the higher pay of £5.90 ph as herbirthday fell on 8th September, and it would only begin in the next months pay. Should they expect the higher rate of £5.90ph from the date of the 19th birthday? I would assume so.
Annie - 12-Oct-18 @ 2:07 PM
General- Your Question:
Hi, my son is at the end of his 2nd year apprenticeship as a carpenter, he got this job via a company called Skills Group. Throughout his apprenticeship his wages has been hit and miss, he loves his job however since the end of June 18 he hasn’t received a penny for his work. He has approached his employer many of times and is told the same story every time “Work is slow or just haven’t got the money to pay you” yet he puts in a full days work for his employer. I’ve approached the collage (skills group) who tell me they are investigating it!! Yet the financial (wages) is down to the employer not the collage. Please can you advise on the next step, as my son remains loyal to his employer, but it’s starting to become an issue.

Our Response:
I am sorry to hear this. The link here may help you further. Has your son got a contract of employment that specifies the amount he is paid as a wage? If it does, he should be able to claim his wages back. You may also wish to give Acas a call.
AnApprenticeship - 7-Sep-18 @ 1:45 PM
Hi, my son is at the end of his 2nd year apprenticeship as a carpenter, he got this job via a company called Skills Group. Throughout his apprenticeship his wages has been hit and miss, he loves his job however since the end of June 18 he hasn’t received a penny for his work. He has approached his employer many of times and is told the same story every time “Work is slow or just haven’t got the money to pay you” yet he puts in a full days work for his employer. I’ve approached the collage (skills group) who tell me they are investigating it!! Yet the financial (wages) is down to the employer not the collage. Please can you advise on the next step, as my son remains loyal to his employer, but it’s starting to become an issue.
General - 5-Sep-18 @ 7:49 PM
Hi my daughter started an apprenticeship within the Equine Industry & she's not received a fully break down of her employment plus she's not done health & safety....along with that she's actually being left to open up the business in most mornings on her own & she's having to deal with 20 horses which includes her having to feed & enter there stables ...my concern is what happens if God forbid any of these horses had to cause her injury as it would be that would have to find her when collecting her at finishing times meaning there's days where there is nobody there for the fully day so she's not seeing any management & it seems it's just cheap labour as far as we are concerned. My daughter loves it & she's very quite so has a problem asking for anything her wages included ...she's not bn paid for 5 weeks with only in the last 2 days asking for her National Insurance number so I believe she was working cash in hand original ...so my question is ...is she allowed to work on her own ? I'm actual want to leave as nothing seems to be done she doesn't even have a breakdown of the written work & what will be covered in set years so I need some help because I'm losing the will to will ?
Meeka - 22-May-18 @ 10:55 PM
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Lew lew - 9-May-18 @ 11:19 AM
Freddie - Your Question:
My grandson is 3yr apprentice can an employer tell him to take a day off if there is no workAnd does he have to pay him for that day

Our Response:
You would have to read the terms and conditions of his employment contract to find this information out.
AnApprenticeship - 12-Apr-18 @ 3:13 PM
My grandson is 3yr apprentice can an employer tell him to take a day off if there is no work And does he have to pay him for that day
Freddie - 10-Apr-18 @ 7:24 PM
DELYTH - Your Question:
My son works as an apprentice Chef.He works very hard in a place that is very contradictory and doesn't have it all together.He is often roped into the gossip and drama of the place which is not his problem.There is talks if the boss selling and people walking.they all slag each other off and don't seem to have a clue about loyalty and such.The place is a shambles.This and other circumstances in his personal life ha e left him feeling very depressed.He is suicidal right now and finds one more shift at work unbearable.His boss told him to just snap out of his depression which I'm afraid isn't as easy as that.He needs to see a doctor and has told me he will.How does he get time off sick with such a non understanding boss?He needs a week away to see a doctor and be looked after.I fear for him and it's making me Ill aswell.Thankyou

Our Response:
If your son is unwell, then your son would have to visit his doctor. If his doctor thinks he should be signed off, he will be. You can see more via the link here which will tell your son all he needs to know about claiming sick pay and whether he is entitled to it.
AnApprenticeship - 26-Mar-18 @ 11:11 AM
My son works as an apprentice Chef.He works very hard in a place that is very contradictory and doesn't have it all together.He is often roped into the gossip and drama of the place which is not his problem.There is talks if the boss selling and people walking.they all slag each other off and don't seem to have a clue about loyalty and such.The place is a shambles.This and other circumstances in his personal life ha e left him feeling very depressed.He is suicidal right now and finds one more shift at work unbearable.His boss told him to just snap out of his depression which I'm afraid isn't as easy as that.He needs to see a doctor and has told me he will.How does he get time off sick with such a non understanding boss?He needs a week away to see a doctor and be looked after.I fear for him and it's making me Ill aswell.Thankyou
DELYTH - 24-Mar-18 @ 9:48 AM
Hi, I have concerns that an apprentice I know who has worked for the same employer for a number of years is taken on regular all expense paid holidays, weekends away, meals out. He also takes her boyfriend with her and pays for him too. He will often stay in the same room to save costs. Should I raise this as a concern or is not my place?
Lucy - 28-Feb-18 @ 8:54 AM
I starter on apprenticeship as a chef on the 18 Oct but have been told I won't be payed for six weeks is this right.
Mici - 25-Oct-17 @ 8:08 PM
I started on the 18 of Oct on an apprenticeship as a chef. But I have been told I have to work for 6 weeks before I get any pay then I will only get paid 2 weeks on the 27 Nov. then the month after a month's pay so on and so fourth. Is this right.
Mici - 25-Oct-17 @ 8:05 PM
Chris89 - Your Question:
I been working as a apprentice assistant site manager.My company didn't send me to college they used a company to assess me.I've never had a apprentice agreementI've never had a approved training programmeI havent signed a document saying I'm willing to work over 48 hours on average I work 7 days a week 70 hours a week.It turns out they also haven't registered me with a reconoised training provider or registered me and they pay me 12k annual salary.I have gotten very ill from working on many occasions 20 days straight. Had time off and was given a written warning without a meeting or representation.I now feel like I'm going to have a break down from exhaustion and my boss handed in my regisnation when I didn't hand one inWhat shall I do I been exploited and losing my job

Our Response:
You don't say how long you have been in the job, and/or what your job offer specified. Therefore, it makes it difficult to advise. In this case, you may wish to speak to ACAS directly to see whether you have any rights to claim unfair dismissal.
AnApprenticeship - 10-Oct-17 @ 12:33 PM
Crazygirll1 - Your Question:
I was working as a nursery nurse apprentice at a local nursery I was only allowed to work 8 hours a day but once they made me work over that to do the dishwasher. After 40 minutes of working over my allowed time the deputy manger told me to go as it was illegal for me to work over 8 hours she told the manger but the manager still wanted me to stay to finish the dishwasher. Also I was made to carry very heavy furniture out of a room into another. This room was very dangerous. I have left now without completing my apprentiship as I couldn’t qualify unless I passed my maths and I know I wouldn’t after failed twice before. I wasn’t happy and the work place was making me depressed so I left. Is this acceptable the way the treated me?

Our Response:
If you were asked to work late over and above your contracted hours, you had every right to refuse to stay. However, while your employer was obviously taking a liberty, this should have been dealt with at the time between you and your employer directly.
AnApprenticeship - 10-Oct-17 @ 10:00 AM
I been working as a apprentice assistant site manager. My company didn't send me to college they used a company to assess me. I've never had a apprentice agreement I've never had a approved training programme I havent signed a document saying I'm willing to work over 48 hours on average I work 7 days a week 70 hours a week. It turns out they also haven't registered me with a reconoised training provider or registered me and they pay me 12k annual salary. I have gotten very ill from working on many occasions 20 days straight. Had time off and was given a written warning without a meeting or representation. I now feel like I'm going to have a break down from exhaustion and my boss handed in my regisnation when I didn't hand one in What shall I do I been exploited and losing my job
Chris89 - 9-Oct-17 @ 5:23 PM
I was working as a nursery nurse apprentice at a local nursery I was only allowed to work 8 hours a day but once they made me work over that to do the dishwasher. After 40 minutes of working over my allowed time the deputy manger told me to go as it was illegal for me to work over 8 hours she told the manger but the manager still wanted me to stay to finish the dishwasher. Also I was made to carry very heavy furniture out of a room into another. This room was very dangerous. I have left now without completing my apprentiship as I couldn’t qualify unless I passed my maths and I know I wouldn’t after failed twice before. I wasn’t happy and the work place was making me depressed so I left. Is this acceptable the way the treated me?
Crazygirll1 - 9-Oct-17 @ 2:29 PM
Me and my work mate have been painting a house all week but he isn’t here for two days, so my boss was going to bring another painter in to get the job finished, but due to lack of employees I’m expected to finish the job by my self. I’m a qualified painter but haven’t done it in a while and I left my company so I could start a plastering apprenticeship with this new company but they’re expecting me to finish this painting job which I don’t agree with. Have I got to get the job done even though I’m on apprentice money?
C man - 4-Oct-17 @ 12:20 PM
my son has completed a apprenticeship he has worked at local college completing teaching assistant role apprenticeship (apprenticeship was completed by another college )and has now completed this . th college gave him a extension of apprenticeship contract until the 13 July . he has received all his certificates and been offered a job . his college he works for has refused to allow him to leave contract can they do this as he will loose his other job if he can not start
sian - 15-May-17 @ 4:46 PM
Caroline - Your Question:
My son is in his 3rd year of a retail management apprenticeship. Whilst his wages are good for an apprentice, that is where it stops.He has never been expected to attend college as he was told the assessor would come out to him. During the first year of his apprenticeship, I believe he saw his assessor a maximum of 6 times. The second year probably about 3-4 times and since Sept 2016 when he started his final year, he hasn't seen anyone. He's basically being labelled as an apprentice and getting the wages to match, but is treated like a standard employee. His day generally consists of stacking shelves and sitting on the tills. He has actively volunteered to help out at other stores in the region in the hope of gaining more experience and this has only highlighted how far behind he is with his apprenticeship compared to others who started at the same time. Despite him raising his concerns about his training (or lack of), the college appear to have lost his details and therefore weren't aware they shouldn't been visiting. This was addressed over 4 weeks ago now but still nothing further has happened. He doesn't receive any training over and above what a normal store assistant does and ironically is currently receiving some training from another apprentice who commenced with the company a year after my son started! He has been expected to work night shifts as the duty manager, but as he is only an apprentice they have advised that they can't pay him the duty manager allowance for running the shift. In addition to this, on his last pay slip his hourly rate of pay is less for a night shift than it is for working during the day.During Dec 2016, there were some weeks where he was working 50 hours! How are employers allowed to get away with exploiting youngsters like this?For an employer to class him as an apprentice, how much training should he be doing?In my eyes, they are using him as cheap labour. Any advise would be gratefully appreciated.

Our Response:
The only recourse your son has is to complain directly to his employer or his apprenticeship provider. If your son is working overtime, he should be paid the national minimum wage for his age and may be entitled to a wage rebate if this has been overlooked. Please see gov.uk link here. Also, if he has previously complained directly to his employer and it has not been dealt with sufficiently, he can raise a grievance, please see link here . However, before he does this, I advise he reads the terms and conditions of his employment/apprenticeship contract to see if his employer and/or apprenticeship provider is contravening it.
AnApprenticeship - 26-Apr-17 @ 1:42 PM
My son is in his 3rd year of a retail management apprenticeship. Whilst his wages are good for an apprentice, that is where it stops. He has never been expected to attend college as he was told the assessor would come out to him. During the first year of his apprenticeship, I believe he saw his assessor a maximum of 6 times. The second year probably about 3-4 times and since Sept 2016 when he started his final year, he hasn't seen anyone. He's basically being labelled as an apprentice and getting the wages to match, but is treated like a standard employee. His day generally consists of stacking shelves and sitting on the tills. He has actively volunteered to help out at other stores in the region in the hope of gaining more experience and this has only highlighted how far behind he is with his apprenticeship compared to others who started at the same time. Despite him raising his concerns about his training (or lack of), the college appear to have lost his details and therefore weren't aware they shouldn't been visiting. This was addressed over 4 weeks ago now but still nothing further has happened. He doesn't receive any training over and above what a normal store assistant does and ironically is currently receiving some training from another apprentice who commenced with the company a year after my son started! He has been expected to work night shifts as the duty manager, but as he is only an apprentice they have advised that they can't pay him the duty manager allowance for running the shift. In addition to this, on his last pay slip his hourly rate of pay is less for a night shift than it is for working during the day. During Dec 2016, there were some weeks where he was working 50 hours! How are employers allowed to get away with exploiting youngsters like this? For an employer to class him as an apprentice, how much training should he be doing? In my eyes, they are using him as cheap labour. Any advise would be gratefully appreciated.
Caroline - 25-Apr-17 @ 4:32 PM
andrews - Your Question:
Hi I am 18 yrs old and on a P&D apprenticeship with a small company in my area. my concernes are both trivial and legal.I dont get on with the guy I work with, he constantly belittles me and makes me feel stupid, I ask questions because im learning and he laughs at me, is this allowed? this makes me feel really bad about myself and I suffer with miner depression and I feel as though this is making it worse. i never get wage slips when im paid and even when I work over my set hours I dont get paid for them and I feel as though I should? I dont have a contract and ive been there for 4 months and have been told I should have seen one by now. for the last 2 weeks I have been in collage and ive been getting home on friday expecting to have been paid and ready to go out with family and freinds but when I have been to check the bank I havent been paid I had no warning through the week to let me know my wage wasnt going to go through. on the bank holiday the other week I let it go as it was the 1st time and my wage went in saturday morning but the same thing happened again this week with no warning and by the time I found out I was at a cash machine in horseforth with no money and no lift home. I am starting to question if I am even on the companies books or if their paying me through direct transfer through one of their private accounts. Do I have any legal rights? and am I entitled to better?im not happy working with this company and I feel like I am wasting mine and their time what can I do? I want to leave but then I feel bad for wasting their time but right now I feel im wasting my time being with a company I just am not happy working with.

Our Response:
I am sorry to hear you are unhappy in your employment. Many young people when they start their first job are too scared to speak out and stick up for their rights. You will find that as you get older, this changes and you will become more wise to situations such as this. Your first job is not like school and you can challenge your employer, if you think your employer is acting out of line. Firstly, you should ask to ask for a copy of your employment contract as this will lay out all the terms of your job. You should ask your employer directly why you are not getting paid on the agreed time (the terms of payment should be laid out in your contract) and for overtime (which should be paid at national minimum wage for your age). With regards to your colleague, you will need to address his treatment of you directly, and complain to your employer if this doesn't change. However, if neither of these situations are not taken seriously or resolved, then you can either complain to your apprenticeship provider or raise a grievance, please see link here . Please also read the articles in this series such as: Dealing With Bullying at Work, here .
AnApprenticeship - 25-Apr-17 @ 10:56 AM
Hi I am 18 yrs old and on a P&D apprenticeship with a small company in my area. my concernes are both trivial and legal. I dont get on with the guy i work with, he constantly belittles me and makes me feel stupid, i ask questions because im learning and he laughs at me, is this allowed? this makes me feel really bad about myself and i suffer with miner depression and i feel as though this is making it worse. i never get wage slips when im paid and even when i work over my set hours i dont get paid for them and i feel as though i should? i dont have a contract and ive been there for 4 months and have been told i should have seen one by now. for the last 2 weeks i have been in collage and ive been getting home on friday expecting to have been paid and ready to go out with family and freinds but when i have been to check the bank i havent been paid i had no warning through the week to let me know my wage wasnt going to go through. on the bank holiday the other week i let it go as it was the 1st time and my wage went in saturday morning but the same thing happened again this week with no warning and by the time i found out i was at a cash machine in horseforth with no money and no lift home. I am starting to question if i am even on the companies books or if their paying me through direct transfer through one of their private accounts. Do i have any legal rights? and am i entitled to better? im not happy working with this company and i feel like i am wasting mine and their time what can i do? i want to leave but then i feel bad for wasting their time but right now i feel im wasting my time being with a company i just am not happy working with.
andrews - 24-Apr-17 @ 11:35 AM
my son got sacked from his apprenticeship.No warni g.No letter.Just said he were late.After he told his employer he had a hospital appointment.No accident book.No first aider. No contract. No holidays after 8mths of working their when asked can't spare you.Pushed out for another apprentice to come in who helped now n then.
dee - 18-Apr-17 @ 10:57 AM
Neat - Your Question:
My 19 yr old daughter is frequently working on her own and is doing late nights also on her own in a hair salon out of a town center. Her shifts are changed on the day from 8 hour to 10 hour shifts. Is this all right?She is very unhappy and is expected to have hours reduced or increased to suit the salon sometimes with no notice. She went into work today at 10am thinking she was working until 6pm only to find it has changed to 8pm. Only one break if she gets it.

Our Response:
Much depends upon what it states in the terms and conditions of her contract and whether it specifies she is expected to work outside her contracted hours. With regards to her break times, the minimum she is eligible for under the European Working Time Directive is one 20 minute break for every six hours she works.
AnApprenticeship - 4-Apr-17 @ 2:03 PM
My 19 yr old daughter is frequently working on her own and is doing late nights also on her own in a hair salon out of a town center. Her shifts are changed on the day from 8 hour to 10 hour shifts. Is this all right? She is very unhappy and is expected to have hours reduced or increased to suit the salon sometimes with no notice. She went into work today at 10am thinking she was working until 6pm only to find it has changed to 8pm. Only one break if she gets it.
Neat - 4-Apr-17 @ 11:07 AM
Thank you for finally replying to my daughers request for help in need of support.It was my mistake as I looked at previous replies posted on your site and saw with at least 5 comments posted that you did reply within 24 hrs! but having seen your comments "Firstly, we are a general guidance service that receives hundreds of comments across our sites per day and cannot get to them all. Likewise, nowhere on our sites does it mention we answer all comments, we can only try to get to them where we can." And indeed after my posted comments you did manage a reply?! My daugter did mange to reconcile her problem without your help.
Mum of Ivy - 3-Mar-17 @ 9:29 PM
Mum pf Ivy - Your Question:
My daughter post on your website some concerns with her apprentaship and I am very disappointed that you did not reply as her concerns as they are very serious!!! She ended her posting saying "I no longer want to be an apprentance as no one looks after you!!" and through your lack of interest you have proved her right.!!!!

Our Response:
Firstly, we are a general guidance service that receives hundreds of comments across our sites per day and cannot get to them all. Likewise, nowhere on our sites does it mention we answer all comments, we can only try to get to them where we can. We are neither an apprenticeship provider, so if your daughter has a complaint about an aspect of her job, in the first instance she should complain informally both to her employer directly and her apprenticeship provider, please see link here. With regards to your daughter's comment about 'cheap labour', this has been an ongoing critisism of apprenticeships for many years. However, some see apprenticeships in a positive light i.e, they are learning on the job and earning at the same time. Likewise, they do not have to pay college or university fees towards their qualification. Others think they are being financially abused by their employers and therefore refuse to enroll on an apprenticeship because of the low wage. Before your daughter started her job she would have been briefed on the amount of pay she would receive, so could make an informed decision. If your daughter wishes to remain in her job and has tried solving the health and safety problem and other concerns informally by talking to her employer, but she is still not satisfied, then she can make a formal grievance complaint in writing, please see link here. I hope this helps.
AnApprenticeship - 2-Mar-17 @ 11:20 AM
My daughter post on your website some concerns with her apprentaship and I am very disappointed that you did not reply as her concerns as they are very serious!!! She ended her posting saying "I no longer want to be an apprentance as no one looks after you!!" and through your lack of interest you have proved her right.!!!!
Mum pf Ivy - 1-Mar-17 @ 12:18 PM
I am employed as an apprentence at a nursery for ages 3 months to 5 years I have been there for a month.I have had no health and safety training, I was told by the manager I would be able to start NVQ level 2 training after two weeks but as off Friday just gone I am still not enrolled (ONE MONTH LATER).I will be sent on a first aid training course at September 2017.I have been with children that have had choking incidences which I have had to deal with, there are other staff members in the room but they are dealing with other children, I find this a worry! Last week I was headbutted by a child across my nose and eyes which left me stunned and upset, I was unable to collect myselft and work.I asked my manager to go home and she refused saying she did not have enough staff, instead she sent me in to be with the babies as she felt this was an easier task.At no point did I receive any first aid treament from a qualified staff member I was not even offered an ice pack.I was made to finish my shift at 6pm (incident happened at 11:30 am)and was not instructed to fill out an accident report and due to not having any health and safety training I did not know I had to until my Mum asked me.The following day I was unable to stand due to a sever headacheand informed my manger I would not be in to work.My Manager rung me later and said "if I was to be off an extra day she needed to know before 4pm or else" This made me very upset and feel even worse I went to my local walk in center where I was diagnosed with concussion.This happend to me on the Wednesdayday and I have not been back to work. I dread returning on Monday and I feel I no longer want to be an apprentance as no one looks after you!! It seems to me to be a way to have cheap labour and for the goverment to say the young are in work!!! I DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO???
Ivy - 25-Feb-17 @ 11:26 AM
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