"My NEBOSH Qualification Helped Me Get a New Job"

Case Study: Emily Owens - Renishaw Plc

28 year old Emily Owens from Bristol recently took a step higher in her career after gaining a distinction in the NEBOSH National Certificate in Construction Health and Safety. Not only did she gain a brand new job, she was awarded the title of top candidate for this qualification at this year’s Graduation and Award’s ceremony.

Emily, now a Health and Safety Officer at Renishaw Plc, left school at sixteen and despite being out of education for nearly a decade began studying again, two years ago.

Emily explains, “The local authority that I worked for at the time suggested that I should take my qualification with NEBOSH because they are so well recognised in the construction industry."

“Before I started studying again, I was quite concerned about returning to academia because I hadn’t been a student for almost ten years!”

After gaining her NEBOSH National General Certificate whilst working at the council, she then went on to study for her NEBOSH National Certificate in Construction with the Building Safety Group Ltd, which facilitated her new employment.

She continues, “Although the course itself was a lot of hard work, my efforts really paid off. Shortly after receiving my results I was offered a brand new job - I don’t think I’d have been offered my new job if I had not gained this qualification.”

Emily’s new role means that she looks after the health and safety interests of over 1,400 staff members at engineering and manufacturing company Renishaw Plc, which has 14 sites across the UK.

She adds, “What’s more, because I was learning by day release outside of work, I was studying alongside people from a number of different industries and gained some really valuable contacts.”

In the last five years, eight hundred women have passed the NEBOSH National Certificate in Construction Health and Safety.

Emily says, “I think it’s fair to say that the construction industry is fairly male-dominated and I think people can be quite shocked to find out that the top candidate for this qualification was female."

“Even though it was quite intimidating at first, I’d definitely recommend others to study for a NEBOSH qualification. It has really pushed my career forwards and I’m already thinking about taking the diploma course!”

NEBOSH Chief Executive Teresa Budworth comments, “I’m absolutely delighted that Emily’s NEBOSH qualifications have had a direct impact in accelerating her career. I wish her the very best of luck for the future and I hope to see her name on the diploma graduate list very soon.”