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Safety, Health and Environmental Awareness (SHEA) Training Schemes

The Safety, Health and Environmental Awareness (SHEA) scheme is designed for all persons who require access to operational sites, both permanent and temporary, including all levels of operatives, supervisors and management.

Safety, Health and Environmental Awareness (SHEA) Training Schemes


At Energy & Utility Skills we collaborate with employers to help with the recruitment, training and upskilling of their workforce.

Our safety, health and environmental awareness (SHEA) portfolio has been updated for 2018 to reflect the latest in training delivery methods and changing regulatory requirements.

All schemes in our SHEA portfolio are CSCS Partner card schemes. SHEA scheme registration allows access to CSCS controlled sites for utilities work.


Benefits to Individuals and their Employers:

  • Improved awareness of health, safety and environmental requirements
  • A more competent and confident workforce
  • Contextualised content makes it 100% relevant to individuals working in the industry
  • Interactive programme that caters for different learning styles
  • Delivered by trainers with first-hand experience in the industry
  • SHEA registrations allow access to CSCS controlled sites for utilities work.

Benefits to Trainers and Training Providers:

  • Schemes have been developed by the industry for the industry (developed with industry health and safety professionals who have practical experience in the industry)
  • Detailed knowledge, understanding and precise assessment criteria
  • 360-degree course content – fewer PowerPoint slides, more teaching ideas/activities, greater trainer support. There is detailed delivery guidance in our all-new Programme Leader’s Guide, which includes a plethora of resources and activities such as web links, videos and references to Codes of Practice, etc.
  • Interactive scheme that caters for different learning styles
  • Fit for purpose assessment – valid, accurate and current test items
  • Each scheme comes with a marketing toolkit to help trainers promote the course and win new business and/or the capacity for trainers to use their own training materials provided they are approved and map to ours

“The documents themselves will be a great asset to any trainer delivering this Core accreditation. The inclusion of mandatory & optional activities is a great idea and will really help to get the candidates thinking and also to reaffirm the messages this is trying to get across.  It also makes the programme more interactive for the candidates which should make it more engaging.”

Fiona Syme, UCT

Energy & Utility Skills Register (EUSR) Registration

Successful completion of a course results in EUSR registration for SHEA (in the relevant industry), valid for three years (except for SHEA Gas which is five years).

How SHEA Works

All courses have been developed by relevant health and safety professionals in collaboration with a range of industry stakeholders including asset owners/large employers, contractor employers, training providers and independent trainers.

Contextualised to your Industry

Each course consists of contextualised core learning plus industry specific content:

SHEA WaterWater industry course including additional units on highway working and excavations, sewerage network and process operations.
SHEA GasDeveloped for the gas industry with specialist units on highway working and excavations, safety in premises and pressure regulating installations.
SHEA PowerPower industry course including additional units on power industry hazards and power generation and distribution.
SHEA Cross-Country pipelines (CCP)The Cross-Country Pipeline course covers our core units as well as specialist units on traffic management, welding and non-destructive testing and the environment.
SHEA TelecommunicationsDeveloped for the telecommunications industry with an additional unit on highway working and excavations.
SHEA Waste and Resource ManagementDeveloped for the waste management industry, the course covers our core units, contextualised to the industry. There is also an additional unit on waste collection.
SHEA CoreThe SHEA Core course consists of six units that are common to all health and safety contexts. The SHEA Core can be taken as a course in its own right and consists of: Unit 1: Understanding our workplace responsibilities Unit 2: Understanding the effects of our work on the working environment Unit 3: Identifying and controlling risks Unit 4: Common hazards in the workplace Unit 5: Occupational health hazards Unit 6: Responding to emergencies


SHEA Mapped Training Programme

We recognise that some organisations have their own training programme covering the same topics as our SHEA schemes. If this is the case then you can get your own training programme approved by us – an individual successfully completing your approved SHEA Mapped training programme plus our mandatory Energy & Utility Skills assessment would be eligible for SHEA registration on EUSR – 3 or 5 years depending upon the scheme.

You would need to be an Energy & Utility Skills Approved Provider – if you are not already – and get your training programme approved by us.  You would need to demonstrate that your training programme mapped to the SHEA standard.

As part of the mapping exercise, you may find that you can strengthen your own training programme, adding in content, improving the contextualisation of your content or even enhance your assessment, using Energy & Utility Skills assessment as the core requirement.

What We Do

Energy & Utility Skills offers membership, assurance and skills solutions to help employers attract, develop and retain a sustainable skilled workforce.

  • We develop our schemes and programmes with employers for employers
  • We support workforce mobility within our sector
  • We are sector experts: working with over 100 employers and managing more than a quarter of a million records.
  • Successful completion of a SHEA course results in an Energy & Utility Skills Register (EUSR) registration for three or five years, depending on the industry.

Find Out More

Energy & Utility Skills offers membership, assurance and skills solutions to help employers attract, develop and retain a sustainable skilled workforce.

To find out more about our SHEA schemes call EUSR Support on 0121 713 8255 or email