Degree Apprenticeship in Risk and Safety Management

Risktec is organising an Employer Group to develop a Degree Apprenticeship in Risk and Safety Management at Master's level (level 7) for England.  This is designed for practitioners in risk and safety management roles within high hazard industries.  Typical job roles include technical safety engineer, safety and reliability engineer, nuclear safety engineer, process safety engineer, railway safety engineer and air safety engineer.  The apprenticeship creates rounded professionals capable of working competently in their chosen industry but with the risk and safety management knowledge, skills and behaviours that are transferable across high hazard industries.


Apprenticeships have long been recognised as an important way to develop the skills needed by employers. From April 2017, a new apprenticeship levy requires all employers operating in the UK, with a pay bill over £3 million each year, to make an investment in apprenticeships of 0.5% of annual pay bill.  This apprenticeship initiative provides a highly efficient and cost-effective means of developing the required skills of the workforce.

Risk and Safety Management Employer Trailblazer Group

The apprenticeship Standard and Assessment Plan are being developed by the Risk and Safety Management Employer Trailblazer Group, which consists of employers from the nuclear, defence, oil and gas, aerospace, transport and renewables industries.

The Employer Group currently includes representatives from:



Aspire Consulting

BAE Systems


Ebeni Ltd

EDF Energy

Lockheed Martin

Maersk Oil North Sea

MoD Defence Safety Authority

Network Rail








Transport for London

The group has received support from the following professional engineering and higher education institutions:

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE)

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU)

The University of Sheffield

The Apprenticeship

The apprenticeship comprises both academic and vocational learning with a typical total duration of three years, followed by an End Point Assessment.  The academic learning requires the completion of a Master's degree in risk and safety management.  The vocational learning allows the apprentice to develop, refine and apply their knowledge, skills and behaviours using a personalised competency profile.

The apprenticeship will provide evidence of knowledge, skills and behaviours in line with the professional registration requirements for Chartered Engineer.  The apprenticeship may also align with relevant professional registration requirements, e.g. IChemE Professional Process Safety Engineer registration, and other relevant professional bodies regulated by the Engineering Council.

Whilst Risktec is the organiser of the trailbrazer group of employers for this apprenticeship, the apprenticeship will be available to all English employers and they will be able to select any MSc programme that fulfils the mandatory academic qualification requirements of the apprenticeship standard.

Our Progress

The Employer Group was given approval to develop the apprenticeship standard for the Risk and Safety Management practitioner by BIS (Department for Business Innovation and Skills) in August 2016 and submitted the Standard for approval on 19th January 2017.  The group received approval of the Standard ('gateway 2') on 3rd May 2017 and submitted the End-Point Assessment (EPA) Plan in May 2017. The EPA plan has been approved, subject to meeting some minor conditions, and was be re-submitted during August 2017. Unfortunately the funding band that was allocated for this level 7 apprenticeship, at £15K, was deemed far too low by our Employer Group.  We are currently reviewing the costs in conjunction with our 4 potential main providers and will be submitting the forms in early July 2018. We fully expect that the Apprenticeship will be available to all industry employers early in 2019.

This diagram shows the current progress through the Trailblazer process:

Apprenticeships Flow

The End-Point Assessment (EPA) Plan explains how the End Point Assessment will test the knowledge, skills and behaviours listed in the Standard.  A 'Glossary of Terms' and 'Employer Occupational Brief' will accompany the EPA Plan and will assist employers through the apprenticeship process.

Further Information

This web page will be kept up to date with the latest documents as they become available.

For more information please contact Vicky Billingham at or call +44 1925 611200.

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