Apprentice Safety, Health and Environment Technician – Estates – 97593 – Apprentice Grade 6
University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK
Full time starting salary is £22,008.80, with progression after 12 months to £27,511 a year
Apprentice Grade 6
Fixed Term Contract for 27 months.
Closing Date: 27th June 2021
Our offer to you
People are at the heart of what we are and do.
The University of Birmingham is proud to have been a part of the City of Birmingham and the wider region for over 100 years, and we are equally proud to be recognised as a leading global university. We want to attract talented people from across the city and beyond, support them to succeed, and celebrate their success.
We are committed to helping the people who work here to develop through our sector-leading Birmingham Professional programme which provides all professional services staff with development opportunities and the encouragement to reach their full potential. With almost 5,000 professional services jobs in a wide-range of functions in Edgbaston and in our campus in Dubai, there are plenty of opportunities for you to be able to develop your career at the University.
We believe there is no such thing as a typical member of staff and that diversity is a source of strength that underpins the exchange of ideas, innovation, and debate. We warmly welcome people from all backgrounds and are committed to fostering an inclusive environment where diversity is at the heart of who and what we are, and how we work.
Supporting our people to achieve a healthy work/life balance is important both to our employees and to the success of the University and, depending on the role, we offer a variety of flexible working arrangements. We therefore welcome discussions on all forms of flexible working. In addition, you will receive a generous package of benefits including 40 days paid holiday a year, one paid day a year for volunteering, occupational sick pay, and a pension scheme. We also have three high quality subsidised day nurseries.
The University is situated in leafy Edgbaston and there are excellent transport links to our beautiful campus, including main bus routes and a train station on site. On campus we have a state-of-the-art sports centre with pool, shops, places to eat and drink, our own art gallery, museum and botanical gardens.
Find out more about the benefits of working for the University of Birmingham
Job context and Apprenticeship Summary
Have you considered training to be a Safety, Health and Environment Technician?
The University of Birmingham has an estate that includes some two hundred buildings and half a million square metres of floor space. Outside there are over a hundred hectares of grounds and twenty hectares of sports pitches, all of which is maintained and developed by the Estates Office.
Interacting with a diverse group of people it is the Estates departments’ responsibility to preserve the University’s physical heritage and develop the best modern facilities.
As a Safety, Health and Environment Technician apprentice you will be part of the Estates department, Health and Safety team.
You will work with many different teams across the department to help them develop and maintain a safe working environment. You will learn how to provide advice, to help assess risk, and carry out supported visits, across the University campus’. You will support the development, implementation and compliance of the Estates department and UoB policies and guidance.
Main duties you will learn
The apprentice will be learning and developing skills in the following areas:
Upon completion of their Safety, Health and Environment Technician apprenticeship, individuals will understand, it is expected that your knowledge in these areas will grow as you progress through your apprenticeship.
- The moral reasons for good safety, health and environmental working practices, ensuring no harm to people or the environment.
- The statutory health, safety and environmental legislation and sources of associated guidance and information applicable to their working environment.
- How a SHE Management system works, the range of standards which a typical HSE professional would be involved with and if applicable how these are applied in their working environment.
- Appropriate methods for identifying, evaluating and controlling hazards relevant to their workplace. E.g. 5 steps to Risk Assessment and involving people who are experienced in the activity.
- The range of work activities in a given situation and identify how to prioritise and scope out the hazards with the potential to cause harm and/or loss.
- The difference between occupational hygiene, health surveillance and health and wellbeing campaigns and methods for implementing these in the workplace.
- How to plan and have systems in place to manage change during an activity relevant to the working environment.
- How people think and why they make decisions which can lead to risk, how behaviours can be used, the components of a behavioural program and potential blockers to the successful implementation of a behavioural programme.
- How to plan for Safety, Health or Environmental emergencies – e.g. accidents, exposure to hazardous substances, fire, pollution.
- Theories for incident causation and prevention including behavioural considerations and implications on business risk (fines, reputation, lost work etc).
- How to write and present a business justification e.g. cost/benefit analysis to influence managers.
During this apprenticeship you will learn the following skills:
- Present and hold an audience’s attention, for example when delivering SHE training, toolbox talks, inductions or presenting data or investigation findings to the workforce or management team.
- Show they can sell the SHE message, have personal impact, deal with challenge, reflect on personal performance and use appropriate language for the audience.
- Support the management team in the development, management, implementation and monitoring of the Safety, Health and Environmental Management System by updating systems in line with changes in legislation or best practice, delivering training, coaching operational teams and undertaking workplace inspections.
- Provide advice on the practical implementation of the UoB’s SHE policies and processes
- Support the implementation of SHE inspections and monitoring systems demonstrating the balance between enforcement and internal support.
- Undertake the monitoring, analysis of and reporting of SHE performance.
- Prepare and maintain records relating to safety, health and environmental matters that comply with legal and workplace requirements and are accessible to those who are authorised to use them.
- Work alongside the management team in establishing, managing and maintaining relationships with external stakeholders such as local authorities, Health and Safety Executive, Environment Agency, Occupational Health and others as required and directed.
- Research Safety, Health and Environmental Issues and best practices. Review updates of health and safety regulations
- Manage the investigation of accidents, incidents, dangerous occurrences, near misses and other incidents as directed.
- Recognise where decisions have a financial cost and assisting to develop a budget.
- Recognise situations where the activity will benefit from contributions and expertise of other internal departments such as HR, Finance, IT or Occupational Health.
Underpinning Attitudes and Behaviours
As part of this apprenticeship you will be expected to engage with and learn the following:
- Communicate effectively: Be able to contribute effectively in both spoken and written styles, adapting to the audience to present information or training in an assertive, engaging way.
- Work effectively in a team: Be able to work with others (colleagues, suppliers, clients and the public) and lead by example in a collaborative and non- confrontational way. Be able to adjust to change in relation to the requirements of the BBC.
- Contribute to a positive SHE culture. Challenge behaviour that is inconsistent with SHE culture, respect the culture and values of others in contributing a positive SHE culture. Positively influence behaviour in others to achieve desired outcomes and resolve conflicts.
- Drive Innovation: Be able to identify areas for improvement and suggest sustainable innovative solutions.
- Use Professional Judgement: Be able to work within own level of competence and know when to seek advice from others.
- Apply the code of ethics: Work within rules and regulations of professional competence and code of conduct. Be able to resist pressures to allow others to utilise unsafe working practices.
- Commit to equality and diversity: Apply attributes of equality and diversity to meet the requirements of fairness within the University.
- Continue professional development: Identify own development needs and act to meet those needs.
- Use own knowledge and expertise to help others when requested.
Required Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications, Experience
- 5 GCSE’s A*- C (9-4) including English, Maths and ideally Science
- Educated to A level or equivalent (desirable)
- A developing high standard of written and oral communication and confidence dealing with projects at all levels
- Good attention to detail
- Able to engage with both the academic theory of the apprenticeship and work experience
- Keen to develop high level administrative and organisational skills
- Knowledge of and interest in the health and safety context
- Computer literate and confident and competent in the use of database systems and electronic communication
- A team player who can also work independently
- A willingness to develop personal presence and excellent presentational skills
This apprenticeship would suit:
This apprenticeship would suit someone with a keen interest in the important role safety, health and the environment plays within a business. You will be a good communicator with the ability to be proactive.
There are many options for career progression including applying to become a permanent Safety, Health and Environment Technician either within Estates or elsewhere in the University. Upon completion learners will be able to join the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) at TechIOSH level. They will also be eligible to join the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) at Affiliate level.