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Edexcel announces new health & safety award for learners

Edexcel announces new Safe Learner health & safety award
New qualification to raise students’ awareness of workplace dangers
Students undertaking work placements are to gain a better understanding of health and safety issues, following the launch of a new programme, Safe Learner, by Edexcel last week.
The new Level 2 BTEC award, Safe Learning in the Workplace, will equip students with an awareness of potential dangers in the workplace. Primarily aimed at 14-16 year olds who are undertaking work experience, the programme will assess students’ knowledge of health and safety theory through online learning exercises.  
Head of Trident at Edexcel, John Kelly explained, “It’s absolutely essential that anyone about to embark on a work placement be conscious of the health and safety risks that exist in every workplace. Learners should be able to understand how hazards are identified, assessed and controlled. These are valuable skills that Safe Learner develops. These skills are transferable to any workplace.”
John Stopani, Director of 14 – 19 Partnerships at Croydon College said: “Health and safety understanding is an essential part of preparing for the world of work and a work placement, but not necessarily the most riveting topic for students.”
Once complete, students can then progress onto a Level 3 BTEC award, Supervising the Health and Safety of Learners in the Workplace.
He continued, “The Safe Learner e-learning materials present all aspects of health and safety in an interactive style that allows students to get things wrong virtually and learn from their mistakes. The BTEC Award is a useful addition to their CVs and its onscreen assessment fits the style of the e-learning materials perfectly.”

Jason Seebaruth

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