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NEBOSH & BHSEA launch scholarships at the Safety & Health Expo in May

NEBOSH in partnership with Birmingham Health, Safety and Environment Association (BHSEA) have agreed a scheme that gives scholarships for some of their qualifications.

Small Enterprises (50 employees or less) based in the West Midlands Region are being invited to apply for one free place on the NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health & Safety. The certificate is the most widely held health and safety qualification in the UK, with over 100,000 people having gained the award since it was launched in 1989.  Members of the BHSEA can exclusively apply for a scholarship for the NEBOSH Certificate in Construction Health and Safety.  Successful applicants in each case will have their course fees paid for by BHSEA and their examination fee waived by NEBOSH.    In addition the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) have agreed to offer each candidate Affiliate membership free for one year.  The places will be allocated on an open competition arrangement.

The scheme is being launched at the Safety & Health Expo on the 14 May 2008 at NEBOSH’s Stand C32. 

Barry Wilkes, Development Manager at NEBOSH commented “As a registered charity, we at NEBOSH strongly believe that we have an obligation to work with other charitable organisations in promoting health and safety, particularly through education and training”.  He continues we are delighted that several of our course providers including The Key Consultancy Ltd, British Safety Services and Occupational Safety Training & Advisory Services have agreed to support this scheme.”

BHSEA Secretary, Andy Chappell, added “BHSEA is a Registered Charity, which exists solely to promote improvements in Health and Safety in the Workplace.  We see this financial support for the smaller firms as the most practical way of achieving really worthwhile improvements in worker protection and accident reduction, where it is needed most.”

Ray Hurst, President of IOSH, said: “We are delighted to be able to support this regional training initiative for small enterprises.  Statistics from Middlesex University Business School for the HSE estimate that the rate of fatalities in small workplaces is double that of larger workplaces (200 workers or more).  It’s vital that all organisations, especially smaller businesses, access professional safety and health training.  As a corollary to this, membership of IOSH provides access to extensive technical support and opportunities for professional development.”

For further information on the scheme and an application form please visit NEBOSH at stand C32 at the Safety & Health Expo or email marketing@nebosh.org.uk