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Course contents

This training course is broken down into 2 sections

  1. 1 Managing Contractors
  2. 2 The 5 Step Plan
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In the opening section of this course, we take a look at the difference between a contractor and employee, the benefits of using a contractor, and the risks of using a contractor.


In the final section of this course, we look at the HSE's 5 Step Plan to safely and effectively manage contractors for the workplace.

About this course

A contractor can be described as any professional who offers their skills and services to an organisation for a fee. Many businesses use contractors for a number of reasons, including fixing a problem quickly, gaining an increased access to skills, and for increased flexibility.

However, employing contractors doesn't come without its risks. Improper use and poor management of contractors can lead to injuries, ill health, additional costs, and delays.

During this course, users will learn about their responsibilities whenever they hire, manage, or supervise contractors, as well as the responsibilities that contractors have to keep themselves and others safe.

We also discuss how to choose the right contractors and how to plan their work, what procedures must be in place, and how to make sure that everyone plays their part in maintaining a safe working environment.

Michelle Livings, a presenter of Managing Contractors Training

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Michelle Livings

The importance of Managing Contractors Training

It’s important that you comply with the law and understand the positive impact this training course can have on your organisation and employees.

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Managing Contractors Training certificate

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Each of our courses ends with a multiple choice test to measure your knowledge of the material.

This Managing Contractors Training course concludes with a 20 question multiple choice test with a printable certificate. In addition, brief in-course questions guide the user through the sections of the training and are designed to reinforce learning and ensure maximum user engagement throughout.

As well as printable user certificates, training progress and results are all stored centrally in your LMS (Learning Management System) and can be accessed any time to reprint certificates, check and set pass marks and act as proof of a commitment to ongoing legal compliance.

What does my certificate include?

Your Managing Contractors Training Certificate includes your name, company name (if applicable), name of course taken, pass percentage, date of completion, expiry date and stamps of approval or accreditations by recognised authorities.

Please note if you are using our course content via SCORM in a third party LMS then we are unable to provide certificates and you will need to generate these in your host LMS yourself.

Managing Contractors Training certificate

30 real user reviews

4.8 out of 5
Good presentation

nothing to do with discipline was covered !

Well explained and clear

I rarely use contractors but its good to be aware of the requiremnts



clear and easy

easy to understand, video always help to visualize everything. test at the end helps to check your knowledge

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Why is this training important?

Business benefits

Successful businesses thrive because of their people.

There’s nothing quite like having a group of talented, dedicated, and loyal employees who have built strong working relationships with each other as a result of working together frequently over a long period.

And yet, there are certain situations where a contractor makes a perfect addition to the team, provided they are properly managed.

Firstly, they can offer a quick fix to your problems. For example, if you need to get some maintenance work done and you employ a full-time maintenance team, you also need to pay them an ongoing salary - complete with benefits like paid holiday and sick leave, you also need to manage that team and supply equipment and so on, so in this instance, it’s much simpler, and cheaper, to use an external contractor. This, in turn, could mean that your employee salary budgets are left unaffected since contractor work is often paid for from a different budget pot.

Secondly, contractors tend to offer increased flexibility and independence. When you hire a new employee, there’s often a period of adjustment as you induct them into your organisation, provide them with training, and bring them up to speed on company values, policies, and procedures - which does have huge long term benefits. But by using a contractor, you can bypass a lot of the onboarding process - except for health and safety - and let them get to work.

Lastly, you gain an increased access to skills, talent, and new business. Contractors have a particular set of existing skills and contacts which they’ve built and honed over time. By using contractors, you’re accessing a world of readily-available and specialised talent, and they can open up your organisation to networking opportunities with other individuals and businesses too.

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