Apprentices Certainly Not Sick Of Work, As Study Finds Trainees Less Likely To Fall Ill Than Full-Timers

More than £800,000 was issued in fines over accidents involving apprentices in the last three years, with the average fine £26,000

Apprentices Certainly Not Sick Of Work, As Study Finds Trainees Less Likely To Fall Ill Than Full-Timers

Apprentices and trainees are less likely to take sick leave than full-time workers, according to a report by Direct Line for Business.

Their survey, which contains figures from the Health and Safety Executive obtained via Freedom of Information, revealed there’s a yearly average of 6,000 incidences of work-related illness for 16 to 18 year olds – compared to 1,202,000 for workers aged 19 plus.

While this is unsurprising given there are fewer apprentices in the workforce, when broken down in percentage terms just 1.6% of trainees are affected by illness compared to 3.9% of full time workers – suggesting apprentices are much less likely to report sickness whilst on placement.

When it comes to workplace accidents however, apprentices are 73% more likely to be injured than their older counterparts.

There is an average of 13,000 cases of non-fatal injuries among employees aged 16 to 18 every year, accounting for 3.6% of all workers in this age group. In contrast, across the entire workforce there are some 649,000 non-fatal injuries each year, affecting just 2.1% of all employees.

More than £800,000 was issued in fines over workplace accidents involving apprentices in the last three years, with the average fine £26,000.

Nick Breton, head of Direct Line for Business, said:

“The data suggests that apprentices are keen to make the most of their opportunity, with much lower sickness rates than their full-time counterparts.

“However, the research indicates that apprentices are at greater risk of injury in the workplace so it is therefore vital for employers to have the right safety and training procedures in place to help ensure younger employees are aware of any risks.

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