Are you motivated by the idea of helping people? Do you want to create positive change in the workplace? Study for an apprenticeship in occupational health and safety practice and join a sector that’s dedicated to creating a safe work environment.   

The apprenticeship is ideal for individuals who want to improve the healthy and safety practices within Scottish businesses. Learn how to reduce insurance premiums and legal costs. Develop your understanding of health and safety practices in an office. Learn how to protect the rights of employees and contribute to a productive work setting.   

There are a number of jobs to choose from in Scotland’s occupational health and safety industry. Take on the role of a health and safety officer and help to prevent accidents in an office. Become an occupational health advisor and create new protection strategies for people in the workplace

What's the qualification?

You will gain a qualification at SCQF level 7 in occupational health and safety practice. The qualification includes:  

  • Core units of aSVQ in occupational health and safety practice at SCQF level 7 
  • Work experience in an industry that is focused on helping others   

SCQF qualification levels explained

What will I learn?

During your apprenticeship, you'll learn how to:   

  • Develop procedures to safely control work operations 
  • Promote a positive health and safety culture 
  • Conduct a health and safety risk assessment of a workplace 
  • Investigate and evaluate health and safety incidents and complaints at work  
  • Develop and implement the health and safety induction process 

You will develop the following core skills:   

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

These transferrable skills are useful for working in other jobs such as human resources and management.  

Where could it take me?

This Modern Apprenticeship gives you a variety of optionsContinue your studies with a technical apprenticeship in occupational health or go on to full-time work.   

Further education: Expand on your skills by applying for a bachelor’s degree in medical science. You could go on to study for an advanced qualification like a Masters in healthcare.   

Straight to work: Use your qualifications to find a job in the occupational health and safety practice industry. Several jobs are listed below:

  • Health and safety officer 
  • Junior health and safety consultant 
  • Occupational health nurse 
  • Corporate health and safety officer 
  • Health and safety specialist  

Entry requirements

There are no set requirements for this apprenticeship. But it is useful to have an interest in occupational health and a genuine desire to help people.   


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

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