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Training and supervision

Many young people are likely to be new to the workplace and in some cases will be facing unfamiliar risks from the job they will be doing and from their surroundings. They will need clear and sufficient instruction, training and supervision to enable them to work without putting themselves and other people at risk.

Young people are likely to need more supervision than adults. Good supervision will help an employer get a clear idea of the young person's capabilities and progress in the job and monitor the effectiveness of their training.

An employer will need to consider how much training is necessary. A proportionate approach is needed, for example a low-risk business would not be expected to have a need for lengthy technical training. Similarly, where a student is on a short-term work experience placement, induction and training needs should be tailored to the tasks they are going to be doing.

It is important that employers check young people have understood the instruction and training which will include, for example:

In workplaces where there are health and safety representatives, they can play a valuable role early on by:

As employees, young people have a duty to take care of their own health and safety and that of others who may be affected by their actions.

This includes co-operating with their employer by listening carefully, following instructions, using any safety equipment that has been provided and taking part in relevant training. Further guidance is available in New to the job.
Updated 2020-10-06