Mark Taylor, (Interim) Head of School - Construction & the Built Environment
2The LOcHER project is an excellent tool in engaging and educating learners in Health & Safety.
To support our core curriculum of Health and Safety in Construction, the LOcHER project has enabled learners to research Health and Safety related issues in Construction. This has resulted in the creation of informative documents, posters and short videos, which will engage construction learners and a wider audience.
Learners at Preston's College have benefited from participation in the LOcHER project, with resources being used to evidence achievement in their course Health & Safety modules. Together with a higher level of Health & Safety knowledge, this will provide a solid base as part of their employability skills for the future.
We will continue to educate Health and Safety through the LOcHER project in the 2017-2018 academic year, expanding the project to our Higher Education construction learners, with a focus on respiratory issues in Construction and preventative techniques in use."
Rebecca Kay, Operations Manager, iSTEM Programme
"The enthusiasm that the learners have shown throughout the project has been amazing and really rewarding. The learners have seen for themselves the importance of wearing the correct RPE for the task which they are carrying out. The combination of working on a national project, carrying out the practical and putting together the materials will assist with the Preston's College mission of making our learners "The most employable they can be."
Dave Foy CMIOSH FIIRSM RSP, Estates, Health and Safety Manager
"When we first became involved in the LOcHER project in 2015, it was seen as a Health and Safety 'add-on' but it has turned into so much more.
Watching young people evolve from rolling their eyes when being asked to complete a Health and Safety project to a point where they are able to proudly stand at the front of a class room and present their findings back to their peers and others is amazing to watch and be part of Preston's College mission to our learners is to 'Make them the most employable'. The development of Health and Safety knowledge as part of LOcHER along with a wider skill set which includes communication, independent learning and team work ultimately add to the employability of our learners.
Whilst the LOcHER project is about educating young people to achieve a goal of reducing work related ill health in the future, the principles can be applied to any area of learning."