As apprenticeship numbers increase across the UK, accompanying the levy, mental health support has never been more crucial to success.
The subject is high on the national agenda, though many young people do not realise they are experiencing symptoms of mental health problems and find it difficult to discover something is wrong.
Apprentices require assistance getting the right mental health support in place to give them the very best chance of achieving employment once qualified.
The following three steps can be taken to provide such access for youngsters who may need assistance when it comes to mental health.
Employers need to offer apprentices full access to specific support networks, ideally tailor made for individuals. This can be achieved by having mental health mentors within the business or by engaging within the local community. You need to be able to help young people find their way to NHS provisions or support groups. Colleges can play their part by ensuring students and staff are able to signpost appropriate services.
We have to take on the stereotypes and challenge preconceptions. It is all about creating a positive, open environment – which opens conversations regarding mental health and support and eradicates stigmas. Addressing the subject, what is stands for and how it can affect people will eventually enable people to talk freely about it. This is vital in terms of encouraging youngsters to seek support when they need it most.
It is vital for employers and training providers to boast a solid understanding of mental health in the workplace. As do apprentices, when it comes to mental health and the support mechanisms in place, institutions require educating in order for them to be able to offer the relevant support. Apprenticeships are vital. They enable young people to build long-lasting careers which can prove crucial for the economy – and we need to care for them.