NEBOSH, the National Examination Board for Occupational Safety and Health, has partnered with global beauty brand L’Oréal to encourage and enable greater diversity within the health and safety profession.
The ‘NEBOSH L’Oréal International Bursary: Enabling women in health and safety’ has been created to offer learning opportunities for women who want to enter or progress within the profession. Five women, based internationally, will be chosen to receive paid-for study and assessment fees for the NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety.
Women are underrepresented within the profession; various research indicates that they represent 18-27% of people working in the health and safety industry. This underrepresentation permeates to women worker’s health and safety; for example 29% feel inadequately catered for by personal protective equipment (PPE) that’s designed to protect them at work.
NEBOSH’s most popular qualifications are its National and International General Certificates. Whilst the National version has seen a more than 7% increase in women learner representation over the past ten years, the percentage of women taking the International version has remained static. The NEBOSH L’Oréal Bursary aims to kick-start an upward trend; increasing opportunities and awareness for international women who want to develop their skills and careers.
Dee Arp, NEBOSH Chief Operating Officer and a member of the Bursary judging panel, says: “Diversity is so important; it encourages creativity and positive change within our practices – it also ensures the different people we protect in the workplace are represented in HSE strategies and programmes. That’s why I’m excited to be part of this Bursary, selecting and supporting international women to join our wonderful profession.”
Applications for the ‘NEBOSH L’Oréal International Bursary: Enabling women in health and safety’ are open from 24 January to 22 February 2023. Applicants will be asked to submit a short video which demonstrates why they aspire to work within the profession and how they feel their studies will benefit their professional development. Bursary recipients will be chosen by a judging panel of five women who work in the profession. For more information about the bursary and the application process, and to submit an application, please visit: www.nebosh.org.uk/igcbursary
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