The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) held their annual Apprenticeship Awards in London on July 10th. Actress Amanda Holden presented the awards, which this year attracted over 1300 nominees including individuals who have successfully worked as apprentices and the employers who encourage them.
The award scheme aims to increase awareness of the importance of apprenticeships, both for the career development of young workers and the country’s economy as a whole.
Female apprentices dominated the winners list this year, claiming 75% of the awards; the highest proportion since the scheme began in 2004.
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The Health & Safety Executive has launched a campaign to make workers aware of the dangers of using unsuitable ladders.
Ladder Exchange 2008 starts in September and offers employers the chance to swap unreliable or broken ladders for new ones. It also aims to highlight the importance of using ladders that are in good condition.
HSE recommends that you should always check your ladder before you use it and inform your supervisor if you think it may be unsuitable. For more information on the Ladder Exchange, go to the HSE website.
Falls from height are the most common cause of injuries at work.
The Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Occupational Safety and Health has begun a campaign to try to reduce the number of deaths and injuries amongst young workers.
Michael Clapham MP recently held a meeting at the House of Commons to look at ways of raising awareness of the issue. He said that health and safety should be taught in all schools as part of the National Curriculum.
Experts in Canada have recently called for action to tackle the problem of workplace injuries suffered by young people.
The Institute for Work and Health found that only 20% of workers in Canada receive health and safety training when they start a new job.
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Glanbia Cheese Ltd has been fined £100,000 following the death of one of its employees in February 2006. 22-year-old Matthew Dixon was crushed in an auger whilst working at the company’s premises in Northern Ireland.
Glanbia admitted H&S failings, including not providing a safe system of work and failing to protect its workers from accessing dangerous machinery.
The information on accidents and prosecutions featured in this section comes from a number of different sources including the Health and Safety Executive and regional and national newspapers.
“It is our responsibility to ensure that our young people are adequately prepared for starting work. With 64 under-19s killed in the workplace in the last decade and a further 15,000 suffering major injuries, this is clearly a matter which requires prompt attention.”
Chris Heaton-Harris, Conservative MEP
"For many people, skills and learning are the key to improving their lives – whether getting into or on at work, improving their job prospects or simply putting more money into their pockets.”
John Denham MP, Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills