Safety Groups UK

Blackpool and the Fylde College

Robbie Ryan, Chief Operating Officer

"The college's engagement with the LOcHER project has yielded greater rewards for both staff and students than we ever imagined when we first embarked on the project. The use of the LOcHER approach as a competition helped to involve all of our curriculum areas in developing individual projects in new and innovative ways.

This project embodies the colleg's own ethos of ensuring that students develop valuable employment and life skills, so they feel confident to lead change in their careers and the industries in which they progress."


Kathy Seddon, FE Programme Manager

"The LOcHER project provided a valuable opportunity for B&FC tutors to step-back and consider alternative methods of teaching, learning and assessment. 

We took a whole college approach and had ten projects taking place across the curriculum areas. 

All students involved researched Health and Safety for their chosen career path and were given the opportunity to develop their own method and style of teaching when presenting to their fellow students.

Putting the students in the driving seat yielded fantastic results and the enthusiasm from students who had previously been quite disengaged was clearly evident. 

The highlight of the project was the final presentations where an expert judging panel and prizes added the competitive edge and really motivated the students. Not only did this meet the objective of raising awareness of Health and Safety, but it also provided an abundance of employability skills."


Joanne Shepherd, Health and Safety Manager

"The LOcHER project has been a brilliantly interactive experience which has opened our students' eyes to ways in which work related ill health can be prevented. The work and understanding which our students exhibited has left me feeling that the future of improving industry's understanding of these topical issues is in very safe hands."