Apprentice Jack Unsworth has had an unusual start to his career – but being awarded an Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) Student Member Bursary is helping him progress.
Having taken up his Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) Technician role in January, Jack benefited from face-to-face opportunities such as shadowing his mentor and site visits for just a couple of months.
When these activities were no longer an option because of the Covid-19 pandemic, Jack looked for alternative ways to boost his development.
He decided the best way to do this was through online training and other career-enhancing materials, applying for an IOSH bursary to help with costs.
Jack said: “Like most people, my life has been affected and I have been working from home with a much more operational focus to my work.
“Winning the bursary has enabled me to develop my knowledge and experience during this period.
“I am very grateful for it – though I definitely wasn’t expecting to be picked.”
The IOSH Student Member Bursary is now open for another round of applications, with awards of up to £250 on offer. Jack recommends applying.
“It is a no-brainer,” he said. “The award money can take you a long way in your professional career and it will look good on your CV.”
Jack’s interest in occupational safety and health (OSH) was sparked by a part-time role at Tesco, where he felt great satisfaction in keeping his workplace safe for both staff and customers.
Inspired to apply for a Level 3 SHE Technician course, Jack started his apprenticeship at Wigan Council while receiving tutoring from Penshaw View Training at the start of 2020.
He joined IOSH as a Student Member, describing it as a “must” for anyone working in the industry.
“Access to forums with professionals, frequent updates on news, guidance and regulations, and access to a range of knowledge has provided me with so much support in both my job and studies,” said the 19-year-old.
Jack is among a number of previous recipients of the bursary, made possible by the generosity of the late Howard Phillips. IOSH was named as a beneficiary of his will and decided to set up a fund in his memory, with the aim of supporting the next generation of OSH professionals.
Student Members from all walks of life across the globe are encouraged to apply by the deadline of Friday 6 November at 16:00 GMT.