Do you want to make Scotland safer for future generations? Study for a technical apprenticeship in occupational health and safety and be part of an industry thats focused on protecting employees from accidents in the workplace.  

The apprenticeship is designed to teach you valuable healthcare skills. Improve your knowledge of safety practices and help reduce the risk of injury for people in an office setting. Learn how to develop worker safeguarding strategies and make a positive difference in a business. Carry out a health and safety risk assessment and ensure a company is compliant with safety standards.   

Whether you’re interested in accident prevention or safety initiatives, there’s a job for you in Scotland’s occupational safety sector. Work as a health and safety advisor and prevent accidents from occurring in a busy environment. Become a safety, health, environment and quality (SHEQ)manager and work with businesses to make sure they provide safe working conditions for their staff. 

What's the qualification?

You will gain a qualification at SCQF level in occupational health and safety practice. The qualification includes:  

  • Core units of aSVQ in occupational health and safety practice at SCQF level 9 
  • Work experience in a versatile and dynamic industry  

SCQF qualification levels explained

What will I learn?

During your apprenticeship, you'll learn how to:   

  • Control health and safety risks 
  • Develop, implement and review proactive monitoring systems for health and safety 
  • Develop and implement health and safety emergency response systems and procedures 
  • Influence and keep pace with current health and safety trends  

You will develop the following core skills:   

  • Problem-solving  
  • Teamwork    
  • Numeracy  
  • Time management   
  • Communication   

These transferrable skills are useful for working in other jobs such as therapy and healthcare.  

Where could it take me?

This Technical Apprenticeship gives you a range of optionsContinue to improve your knowledge with an occupational health-related degree or find a job.  

Further education: Continue your studies by applying for a bachelor’s degree in occupational health psychology. This could lead to a higher qualification like Masters in safety and risk management. Your experience will support your application.   

Straight to work: Utilise your qualifications to find a job in the occupational health sectorAfter completing the apprenticeship, you could move onto jobs like:   

  • SHEQ manager 
  • Health and safety consultant  
  • Occupational health advisor  
  • Occupational health and wellbeing leader  
  • Risk management consultant  

Entry requirements

There are no set requirements for this apprenticeship. However, it is useful to have completed a relevant qualification like an SCQF level 6 in occupational health and safety practice.  


This Technical Apprenticeship will take 12-24 months to complete.  

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