Role Players for HSE Legal Proceedings Training

Role Players for HSE Legal Proceedings Training

HSE provides a programme of legal and technical training courses to new regulators to enable the new staff to carry out investigation and enforcement of health and safety legislation.

Contract summary


  • Specialist training services – 80510000

Location of contract

Any region

Value of contract


Published date

19 February 2019

Closing date

19 March 2019

Contract start date

15 April 2019

Contract end date

31 March 2022

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HSE provides a programme of legal and technical training courses to new regulators to enable the new staff to carry out investigation and enforcement of health and safety legislation. The training programme is accredited at level 11 by the SQCA. Following completion of the legal training suite, inspectors are required to attend a legal assessment centre where their skills and knowledge are tested. The assessment process is run by HSE trainers and staff from NEBOSH (the diploma awarding body) and SJA (the legal suite course provider). During the assessment, inspectors are required to demonstrate their ability to interview a witness as part of an investigation and record their findings firstly in their notebook and secondly in a written statement. In order to carry out this task, professional role players are required to play the parts of e.g. the injured person, in an accurate, realistic and consistent way.
In June 2017, HSE senior management approved proposals for a revised approach to regulatory trainee recruitment marketing and assessment processes. Overall the proposals were cost neutral but also released a significant volume of internal senior inspector resource, previously used in the sift and assessment/ interviewing processes, back to frontline operational activity.

One of the key aims of this revised approach is to improve our levels of attraction in the South and South East of England where most of the current vacancies are; and where we have struggled to attract relevant numbers of quality candidates in recent years. Part of this approach aims at targeting “raw” graduates as well as our typical existing career people with degrees i.e. valuing potential as well as proven work competence examples. This requires a different marketing approach but also assessment process.
For example interviews are no longer to be held and we plan to modernise some of our other assessment exercises e.g. with our group exercise being replaced by a structured role-play exercise. The precise exercise is still under development. The objectives for the role-players will be:

• To provide professional role-play input to one of 4 exercises comprising HSE’s annual regulatory trainee recruitment campaign assessment centres.
• To provide a professional role-play input to these exercises – learning the brief, anticipating likely candidate responses/approaches and responding appropriately to such responses.
• Each role-player to provide this input to up to 4 sessions/candidates per day.
• To attend a one day training workshop regarding the role-play exercise and the role-player brief, and subsequently to learn the latter.
• Role-players may be asked to discuss at high level candidate performance with the trained assessor at the completion of each exercise session


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