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Health and Safety for Apprentices

By: Emma Jones - Updated: 25 Jun 2019 | 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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My daughter started her apprenticeship with a NHS hospital last year. So far she has not had any study days and I do not know whether she is even going to receive a certificate at the end of her apprenticeship year. She is 20 and being paid 3.70 an hour. They said they had problem getting them a study base and have asked them to sign up for a second year for a level 3 apprenticeship. It seems like they are exploiting her and using her for cheap labour as apparently they don't have the funds. Where does she stand
skb - 25-Jun-19 @ 1:17 PM
My daughter is an apprentice in a drs surgery. She is nearly finished her apprenticeshipbut over the last few weeks has become very distressed. The surgery was taken over by an other company who want to connect five surgeries and ha e o e hub which appears to be the norm now. But oseveral occasions my daughter has been left on her own to do her job when I say on her own there is no one else about. Is this illegal as she is an apprentice?
Carol - 12-Jun-19 @ 10:28 AM
I am concerned about my 16 year old who is doing a Child Care Apprenticeship.This is her first experience of a full time job but so far, the impression of the Nursery is falling short for her.So she was taken on at the same time as another girl - they are both the same age and both doing the same Apprenticeship.My daughter is meant to be based in a particular room - as is the other girl - however, my daughter has so far been made to work in other areas and seems to be floating between where she is them told she is not needed and has nothing todo.She doesn't know the children, the routines or therules of the room and so far, no-one has explained anything to her.The other girl has also been issued with her room entry key yet my daughter hasn't so she has to keep asking for help to get in and out of the rooms.No-one talks to her at lunchtime - there is a lot of gossiping in the staff room and she is just feeling uncomfortable.
Bear - 11-Jun-19 @ 12:27 PM
My 18 yo is an apprentice in a private nursery.She is also insulin dependent diabetic.She was assured she would be given regularly spaced breaks to allow for insulin etc but this us not happening. There seems to be regular illness among staff but as there is only ONE staff toilet my daughter inevitably becomes ill too. She has been in hosp 3 times in 9 months due to this..and had only been in hosp once in previous 10 years. No proper staffroom or relaxation area for staff and often asked to do work related things when in a break. College tutor says none of this anything to do with her...it is nursery business. Also....should apprentices be vlunted un staff ratios? Is all of this normal practice?
mtg35 - 19-Apr-19 @ 1:36 PM
My daughter started her apprenticeship in September.For the last 3 weeks gas been ill . She has got 3 sick notes of the doctor.Now they have sacked her and not paid her
Donna - 28-Feb-19 @ 8:06 AM
My daughter started an apprenticeship about 5 months ago with a big company, she is starting work at 8am and and not finishing till 7.30-8pm every night sometimes without a break at all she also works every other Saturday, she was told she would have 5 clients a day and has on average 11 she has been coming come stressed and crying and we live down lanes with no lights and she came home the other night crying and whaling that she was all dizzy and nearly had an accident, I told the boss who gave her 4 days off due to stress with the job! Yesterday they told her she would not be getting paid for the time off either, now she is back and it has started all over again and I am really worried about my daughters health and well-being.
Marty - 5-Jan-19 @ 10:43 AM
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
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
Hi there I think there are taking advantage of me because I am transgender and saying I am not aloud in the same toilet as they say I am not aloud and I have to yous the same tiolet
Lew lew - 9-May-18 @ 11:19 AM
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
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 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
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
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 @ 11:07 AM
Hi my daughter worked last monday all day Tuesday all day and Wednesday morning to dinner and put holidays in for rest of week and she's been paid today and only got 40 pounds which she should get 120 pounds is she entitled to her holidays as she left on the Friday to a better job opportunity Kind regards Mrs evans
Spray tan solution - 17-Feb-17 @ 8:20 AM
Mum of an apprentice - Your Question:
My son has an apprenticeship as a plumber. He is about 8 months into this. He has had no negative feedback from his managers who are directors of the company and he has not been off sick. A few weeks he was carrying equipment upstairs and his leg went from under him and he has had problems with hi knee since. he went to the doctors and he was advised to have 3 - 4 weeks off and rest and was on pan killers due to a torn tendon, but my son was worried how that would effect his employment so continued to work and his knee has not improved, he took a few days leave to see if this would help but ended up having to go back to the doctors, the doctor once again advised a few weeks off but my son again was worried about losing his job so he agreed to a week and then spoke to his directors about the problem he had and the recommendations the doctor had made, he was told by the 2 directors that it would not affect his employment and that things like this happened , so my son went back to the doctors and has been signed off for another 2 weeks. Yesterday morning he was phoned by a 3rd director who has very little input within the company and who may only go in once a week. He asked my son what had happened and how it had happened and then continued to say to my son 'does he think he's in the right profession? ' My son responded very well and said that yes he was, that he loved his job, and that the issue with his knee was not helped by the amount of equipment they had to carry up and down stairs whilst they were on site. My son has since spoken to the other directors who had no issues with him being off, and have told him to ignore the 3rd director as he had no say in the hiring and firing, however this has obviously worried my son. My question is was this appropriate for the director to contact him and question him like this and make the suggestion that he had? and also is there anything he can do to protect himself? Many thanks

Our Response:
It is obvious your son's employers in general are being supportive of your son and are dealing with the situation fairly. However, if your son continues to have this problem and it interferes with the ability to do his job properly, then unfortunately he can be dismissed. Please see link here. It is also not out of line for the third director to question his injury and whether it may impact on him being able to do his job long term.
AnApprenticeship - 9-Feb-17 @ 12:50 PM
My son has an apprenticeship as a plumber. He is about 8 months into this. He has had no negative feedback from his managers who are directors of the company and he has not been off sick. A few weeks he was carrying equipment upstairs and his leg went from under him and he has had problemswith hi knee since. he went to the doctors and he was advised to have 3 - 4 weeks off and rest and was on pan killers due to a torn tendon, but my son was worried how that would effect his employment so continued to work and his knee has not improved, he took a few days leave to see if this would help but ended up having to go back to the doctors, the doctor once again advised a few weeks off but my son again was worried about losing his job so he agreed to a week and then spoke to his directors about the problem he had and the recommendations the doctor had made, he was told by the 2 directors that it would not affect his employment and that things like this happened , so my son went back to the doctors and has been signed off for another 2 weeks. Yesterday morning he was phoned by a 3rd director who has very little input within the company and who may only go in once a week. He asked my son what had happened and how it had happened and then continued to say to my son 'does he think he's in the right profession? ' My son responded very well and said that yes he was, that he loved his job, and that the issue with his knee was not helped by the amount of equipment they had to carry up and down stairs whilst they were on site.My son has since spoken to the other directors who had no issues with him being off, and have told him to ignore the 3rd director as he had no say in the hiring and firing, however this has obviously worried my son. My question is was this appropriate for the director to contact him and question him like this and make the suggestion that he had? and also is there anything he can do to protect himself? Many thanks
Mum of an apprentice - 8-Feb-17 @ 8:06 PM
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