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NEBOSH attracts crowd twice as big as Man United

The number of people who have achieved one of the UK’s most sought after health and safety qualifications could fill Manchester United’s football stadium twice over, it has been revealed.

Recently, Sean Minnican, a 26 year old Mechanical Engineer from Cumbria, became the 150,000th person to gain a NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety.

NEBOSH qualifications are the most sought after by employers in the UK for health and safety jobs. Two thirds of job adverts for health and safety manager roles specify at least one NEBOSH qualification, with well over a third demanding a NEBOSH National General Certificate (1).

But like Sean, not all people who hold a NEBOSH Certificate are employed primarily in health and safety roles. In fact, over 81% (2) of those who achieve the qualification have different kind of jobs altogether.

As Sean Minnican explained, often a NEBOSH qualification can demonstrate people have an extra string to their bow.

“I sent my CV off after gaining my degree in Mechanical Engineering and got one or two replies,” he said. “As soon as I put NEBOSH on my CV I was offered four different positions straightaway. Now I’m forever getting phone calls and emails asking me to apply for jobs. My NEBOSH Certificate has certainly opened doors for me.”

NEBOSH Chief Executive, Teresa Budworth added: “Health and safety is an important skill in all modern workplaces. People who manage safety and control risks effectively protect their employer from prosecution, a damaged reputation and significant costs.

“Importantly they also know the correct way to protect lives and prevent unnecessary injuries at work, and don’t make the kind of silly and unwarranted decisions that can give health and safety a bad name.”

150,000 is a lot of people. It is the same as the population of Oxford, or enough people to fill Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium twice over.

Sean Minnican was surprised to learn he was the 150,000th successful NEBOSH National General Certificate candidate.

“It just shows how much good health and safety knowledge there is out there,” he told us. “It’s not like it’s a throwaway two day course where you’re given a certificate for attending. You have to study hard and take exams and assessments to gain your NEBOSH Certificate. As a mechanical engineer, it’s something I’m proud to hold.”

This month Sean is to be presented with a special award at Furness College in Cumbria, where he gained both his Mechanical Engineering degree and NEBOSH Certificate.

A case study providing further information about Sean Minnican and his achievement is available on request. Please see contact information below.

For more information about NEBOSH qualifications, visit http://www.nebosh.org.uk/Qualifications/

(1) 2011 NEBOSH Jobs Barometer - http://www.nebosh.org.uk/content.asp?cref=931&ct=2
(2) Research carried out among 817 recently qualified NEBOSH National General Certificate students in May 2011.