We work with a number of colleges offering construction related courses across the UK, as well as facilitating workshops for students to raise awareness of mental health. From practical self help to training and tutoring sessions to prepare them for entry into the industry. In these sessions, they can learn to spot the signs of declining mental health in themselves and others. We will also support the staff to deliver these sessions as part of the ongoing curriculum. Our courses have an overwhelmingly positive response from both the employers who facilitated our delivery and the apprentices who participated – and the results showed a significant improvement in a number of the measures of understanding and confidence around the topic.
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. However, we know that supporting young people to manage their mental health will have a huge impact on businesses in regard to improving the long-term mental health of an organisation.
With the support of B&CE’s Mowlem grant in 2018, we sought to develop a training course to raise awareness of mental health in construction apprentices as part of the wider Mates in Mind programme.
We undertook a baseline survey of apprentices to help in ensuring that we could tailor our mental health awareness training and supporting materials to meet their needs. This was conducted online and ran for 12-weeks and was completed by 550 apprentices.
The initiative aimed to increase awareness of mental health and confidence amongst apprentices in knowing where to seek support themselves, and how to reach in and manage that difficult conversation about mental health. Through our work, we wanted to create a legacy for apprentices futures, as approximately 35% of apprentices go on to run their own business.
“The training with the apprentices ran very well. They were receptive to the training with personal experiences of their own. This is a great initiative because the apprentices are just starting their career and I expect as a result of their training they will be supporting the mental health of themselves and their teams for the next 40-50 years.”
“Extremely beneficial. Should be more widely shared within organisations. Education enables people to feel they can talk about how they are actually feeling.”
“Excellent – great delivery. Engaging with a good mix of interaction and videos / visual aids.”
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If you're interested in finding out more about how we can help you. Whether you're part of a college, a business taking on new apprentices or an organisation looking to bring in more support for its employees. Find out more by requesting a callback by filling out our contact us form.
As a Mates in Mind Supporter, you will have exclusive access to a range of resources, training and support, designed to help you organisation implement their workplace mental health program.
- Access an annual assessment of their programme and a tailored recommendations report to help identify any gaps in their approach
- Free access to our 'Start the Conversation' course, an all-employee general mental health awareness programme
- Access to a dedicated Support Manager to act as a guide through your organisations mental wellbeing journey and offer any new resources as they become available
- Access to a suite of courses to ensure that all levels of management are confident and equipped to fulfil their duties in looking after employee mental health.
- Benefit from counselling through the National Counselling Society at a discounted rate, to help staff members who may need a little extra support
We look forward to welcoming you to our community.