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Apprentice Safety, Health and Environment Technician

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Suffolk County Council
Place of work:
Endeavour House, Ipswich
Salary details:
Job term:
Full Time
37 per week
Fixed Term
Closing date:
16 December 2019 11:30 PM
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Fixed term up to 28 months.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service provides a 24/7 emergency response service to deal with fires, road traffic collisions and a wide range of emergencies. Our staff also deliver activities to reduce fires and road traffic collisions, improve community safety, enforce fire safety legislation and reduce risk in the community. 

Reporting to the Health and Safety Manager this is a new and exciting role providing the opportunity for someone to develop their knowledge and skills as well as gain an industry recognised Health and Safety qualification.

Working in a small team you will be supported and developed in order to provide comprehensive health and safety advice and support to staff within the wider Suffolk Fire and Rescue team. The role will include identifying and minimising risks, developing safe working practices, disseminating information, delivering health and safety training and preparing and delivering health and safety training programmes and initiatives. You will also be responsible for improving the awareness of health, safety and welfare issues, monitoring and ensuring compliance with policies, procedures and legislation.

Longer term, you will also work towards delivering training both for Firefighters as part of their ongoing development, and to support the introduction of new equipment, procedural changes and guidance from other departments where there is an identified health, safety and wellbeing impact.

If you enjoy making things happen, have great organisational and communication skills and get satisfaction from contributing to something worthwhile for others, we would be very interested to hear from you.

You will:

  • need a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4 – 9 / grade C and above or equivalent including mathematics and English
  • have knowledge to level 1 or equivalent of commonly used computer applications.

We are looking for someone who:

  • has a keen interest in Health and Safety and is willing to learn and develop on the job
  • can build strong working relationships
  • can communicate effectively and engage people
  • remains calm under pressure and can organise and prioritise their workload effectively
  • has a good eye for detail.

Alongside your day-to-day responsibilities you will be given 20% of your working week as paid time to complete a Level 3 Safety, Health and Environment Technician apprenticeship leading to eligibility to join the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) at TechIOSH level as well as Affiliate level of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA).

This is an interesting role with the opportunity to develop further and make a significant contribution to the important work the organisation does providing an effective, efficient and resilient fire and rescue service for the people of Suffolk.

This organisation positively encourages the use of technology to communicate and engage, but in this role you will need to operate across a wide and rural area, so you must either hold a full and current driving licence and have access to personal transport or meet the mobility requirements of the role through other reasonable and suitable means.

Apprenticeships have changed, there is now no upper age limit on being an apprentice and we welcome applications from anyone who is interested in starting or further developing their career in this area. For more information on who is eligible to apply for an apprenticeship please visit: askhr.suffolk.gov.uk

The Job and Person Profile and Apprenticeship Recruitment Brochure contain a range of information that you will find useful in applying for this job so please ensure you read them. The position described is what you would be working towards while you complete your apprenticeship.

For an informal discussion only, please contact Philip De Boise on (01473) 260585.

Interview date: 14 / 15 January 2020. 

This authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. DBS checks or police vetting will be required for relevant posts. We are also committed to flexible working. For the types of flexible or part time working available for specific roles, please see the Job and Person Profile. Suffolk County Council - welcoming diversity.

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