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National Apprenticeship Week 2024

National Apprenticeship Week is a Government-run campaign which provides an opportunity for the education and skills sector to celebrate the achievements of apprentices around the country and the positive impact they make to communities, businesses, and the wider economy.

In 2024, the theme set by the Department for Education is ‘Skills For Life’, which lies at the heart of our Let’s Talk Mental Wellbeing Programme for apprentices and college students. The programme aims to increase awareness of mental health and wellbeing, to instil a confidence amongst apprentices in knowing where to seek support themselves, and how to start and manage that difficult conversation about mental health in order to break down the stigma that surrounds it.

Why is it important to support apprentices?

At Mates in Mind, we found that of 550 apprentices surveyed:

  • 73% had felt stressed at least once in the previous week.
  • Only 33% said their employer/colleague would notice signs of mental ill-health in others (the rest said no or unsure).
  • 70% had NEVER taken part in any mental health training and yet 91% said they thought training would help them to manage their own mental health.
  • Only 55% said they would reach out to someone if they were experiencing stress, depression or anxiety.

When young apprentices enter the workplace, there is awareness that they are at a heightened risk in terms of their own safety. But often, the risk in regard to their mental health is not considered.

This is why we advocate for embedding mental wellbeing training into all apprenticeships so that together we can prepare future workers, line managers and business owners (approximately 35% of apprentices go on to run their own business) and create a legacy of wellbeing. By providing young people with the skills, knowledge and tools, they can help to build safer workplaces for themselves and others.

Resources

At Mates in Mind, we work with organisations to improve the mental health of their workforce by providing the skills, clarity, and confidence to employers on how to spot the signs of mental ill-health and start a conversation as well as raise awareness, improve understanding and address the stigma that surrounds mental health.

This is why we have created a suite of resources to support organisations not only on National Apprenticeship Week, but also to create a holistic and ongoing programme of support.

Please click on the link below to download a free A3 poster. You can personalise it by adding the relevant details of your Mental Health First Aiders, HR team, Employee Assistance Programme and so on, in the white box. Please then share it across your organisation.

If you are a Supporter, please see the link further down this page.

Please also visit our Resources page where you can download a free Spotting the Signs infographic to help you identify if an apprentice, colleague, friend or family member may need, or want, to talk.

Visit our Resources page

If the information on this page has resonated with you, and if you or someone you know needs help or support, you can speak to one of the many free, confidential support services below:

Support Services

Employers

Supporting apprentices to become mentally resilient is important as it benefits the apprentice, their employer, their colleagues and the wider local community. For organisations sponsoring a college to deliver this programme there is also a benefit in terms of both Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG), as well as Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). If you would like to find out more about:

How we can support you

Mates in Mind can support your organisation to build a mental health plan and to create a culture of prevention.

Our dedicated team of Support Managers work with organisations of any size to develop a tailored action plan, evaluating your organisation's priorities and gaps, and providing the tools and support you need.

This plan includes ongoing support with communication and delivery of your plan, as well as training opportunities, promotional materials, and a suite of tools (including packs for awareness dates) to enable you to drive long-lasting and meaningful change.

Find out more about how we can help your organisation build a culture of prevention when you become a Supporter by:

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Information and Resources.

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We offer organisations a number of tools and resources to help them improve the mental health of their workforce, such as; awareness day resource packs, posters, infographics, factsheets and much more.

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