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Head of Health and Safety Apprentice (Colleges and University Services)

Employer: University of the Arts London
Location: Hybrid – UAL High Holborn/Home
Salary: £50,961 to £61,398 per annum
Contract: Full time
Hours: Full time

Job description

The opportunity

Are you an aspiring Health and Safety Leader? At the University of the Arts London, we're offering more than just a job. As our Head of Health and Safety, you'll drive positive change across our 6 UAL colleges, manage a skilled team, and be supported in your leadership journey through our innovative Senior Leader apprenticeship program.

The University of the Arts London (UAL) is a world-renowned institution for arts, design, fashion, communication, and the performing arts.  We have partnered with Loughborough Business School to offer a unique opportunity for an ambitious Head of Health and Safety to join us as a Senior Leader Apprentice, where you will learn the skills needed to excel in the role, while earning a competitive salary and having access to UAL networks, expertise, and staff benefits.

This role is a great opportunity for a technically skilled Health and Safety Professional to make a meaningful impact across the multiple UAL sites. In this role you will:

  • Partner with senior leaders to shape our Health and Safety strategy and ensure its effective implementation across the University.
  • Lead a dedicated H&S Advisory team of 5, fostering professional growth and maintaining high standards through regular support and development.
  • Drive a culture of safety awareness and excellence by supporting management teams and advising on best practices to prioritise Health and Safety within our objectives.
  • Stay ahead of UK Health and Safety legislation, identifying opportunities for improvement to support our operations while effectively managing risks across all areas.
  • Monitor and improve Health and Safety performance through rigorous investigation of incidents, facilitating operational improvement plans, and ensuring continuous development of safety protocols.

This role is an apprenticeship, so as part of the job, we will also support you to study and complete a postgraduate diploma in Strategic Leadership. Developed with the Universities Health and Safety Association (USHA) this is a tailored learning programme designed to address the sector-specific needs of H&S professionals. It is delivered in a flexible, blended format to allow you to study in a way that works for you and comes with an Academic Mentor and Skills Coach to offer both academic and work-based learning support. 

**If you’d like to find out more before you apply, then we would encourage you to attend the Head of Health and Safety (Senior Leader Apprenticeship) Info Session we’re running Online, on Wednesday, 15th May from 13:00 – 14:00 BST. It’s an opportunity for you to meet the team, find out more information, and ask any questions you might have. Spaces are limited so sign up here.**

If you have the technical experience to meet the demands of the role but know your longer-term career aspirations would benefit from learning about clear and inclusive leadership, identification of longer-term opportunities and risks, agile transformation, championing innovation, crisis management and leading sustainable business practice, then click here and find out more about the qualification and how it can advance your career.

About you

You will be a Health and Safety professional, with a NEBOSH diploma or equivalent qualification, but we ask that you do not hold any recent MBA or MSc in Leadership. Please read the full eligibility criteria which can be found on the FAQ’s of our apprenticeships careers site.

Closing date: Monday, 20th May 2024.

For full details on the assessment criteria and how to apply please click the apply button to be directed to our website.

If you have any queries about this role or need any reasonable adjustments for your application, please contact Zele Akhilele, Resourcing Adviser via email at

We are UAL

University of the Arts London (UAL) offers an extensive range of courses in art, design, fashion, communication and performing arts. We are a collegiate University spread across London with six Colleges, four Institutes and five Research Centres. UAL also has two subsidiary companies, delivering specialist activities – UAL Short Courses Ltd, and UAL Arts Temps Ltd.

We’re made up of all types of people, coming together in London, the world’s creative capital. We are designers, artists, performers, thinkers, researchers and makers. Our students, staff and graduates form a global network of creatives, entrepreneurs and leaders. Together, our ideas change the world. Because the world needs creativity.

We are ranked highly across the board. We are ranked first for specialist art and design, second in the world for Art and Design in the 2023 QS World University Rankings (for the fifth year in a row), ranked fifth in sustainability and two of our colleges were rated in the top three fashion schools in the world.

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