Trainee mechanics work on an engine

1.0 Learner entitlement

All learners are entitled to be fully informed, through induction, instruction, training and supervision, in order to minimise risks to their health, safety and welfare and that of others in their work placement.

2.0 Responsibilities

The prime responsibility lies with the employer to ensure learner health, safety and welfare during the period of work experience.

3.0 Delivery and support

Schools, colleges and WEO may give additional information and guidance to the employer.

4.0 Content


The following is a non-exhaustive list of topics that could be used to form the basis of induction, information and on going training.

  • Information on the key people e.g. supervisor, first aider, fire warden, safety advisor, or representatives. This should be included in a walk-round tour of the premises or work location.
  • Supervision arrangements and the procedure for reporting hazardous or faulty conditions or work equipment.
  • Key aspects of the employer’s health and safety policy (statement, organisation and arrangements) including employer’s and employee’s responsibilities.
  • H&S Law leaflet ‘what you should know’.
  • The risks identified by risk assessments and the measures in place to prevent or control the risks for all tasks to be undertaken.
  • Fire safety precautions and the procedures to be followed in the event of an emergency.
  • Arrangements for reporting an accident, incident or illness and for obtaining first aid assistance.
  • Arrangements for the provision, use and wearing of personal protective equipment/clothing.
  • Precautions and instructions for the safe use of hazardous substances.
  • Measures in place for preventing or reducing risks associated with manual handling and lifting.
  • Details of the controls in place for the safe use of work equipment and machinery, and the safe operation of work place transport.
  • The importance of good housekeeping, keeping the work area tidy and safe storage of materials.
  • Arrangements for personal safety, welfare and personal hygiene requirements.
  • Details of any prohibited or restricted tasks, activities, areas or work equipment.
  • Details of arrangements for additional support.
  • Specific or additional requirements related to the work experience employer e.g. company rules or procedures.

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