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This week (6 – 12 February) is National Apprenticeship Week. The 2023 theme is ‘Skills for Life’, highlighting how the expert training offered by an apprenticeship can lead to a rewarding career.
Over 3 million people in Britain have started an apprenticeship since 2015, taking up the opportunity to develop a skill while working. For many industries such as construction, engineering, healthcare, manufacturing and even law, an apprenticeship can be the perfect way to learn a trade.
However, previous research has shown that apprentices are at a greater risk of work accident injuries than the average worker.
Apprentices are a valuable addition to a workplace, but typically they are a lot younger than their colleagues and less skilled and experienced.
This can increase the chance of an accident at work unless the risks are properly addressed. It is therefore vital employers have the right safety and training procedures in place to ensure younger employees are aware of any work accident risks.
The Health and Safety Executive has a dedicated page about considerations an employer should make when assessing the risks a young worker, including an apprentice, poses to themselves or other employees. These include:
Rebecca Brisley is a specialist personal injury solicitor from Novum Law’s Plymouth team. She says:
“Apprenticeships are a fantastic way to build a skilled career, and we are in full support of National Apprenticeship Week and its aims. However, it can take a while before apprentices are confident and secure at work, and extra care should be taken in the workplace to prevent avoidable accidents and injuries.
“At Novum Law, we see the consequences of work accidents, including serious injuries such as broken bones, head and brain injuries and spinal injuries. Creating a safe workplace for all employees is vital, and will ensure that apprentices get the flying start they deserve.”
If you are an apprentice and have been involved in a work accident, you may be eligible for compensation. Our expert team at Novum Law is here to help, and will support you on a ‘No Win, No Fee’ basis to secure you justice.
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