At Premier Partnership, we work with Government departments on the delivery of its Operational Delivery Profession (ODP) apprenticeship programme. As a training provider, we go above and beyond delivery of learning solutions to provide learners with the support needed to help them and the organisation they work for to get the most out of the programme.

All workplace learning and development programmes, although hugely beneficial to learners, can be stressful so it is important that steps are taken to protect the mental health of those undertaking them. ODP apprentices are trained to be able to respond quickly when Government departments need additional resource, for example during a crisis or time of rapid change. They therefore need to be resilient and work in a supportive environment.

How can Premier Partnership help apprentices when they are feeling down?

The Learning Support team at Premier Partnership conduct an assessment and review then make adjustments and individualise the Programme to support leaners with all areas of their training. We also have a ‘coping with stress’ workshop available for apprentices to sign up to and another 10 workshops to follow which are run with our learning support officers Matt Nicholson and Chrissy Millar.

What is positive Mental Health?

Mental Health is something which has an impact on everybody. Historically, it was not always spoken about or supported, but in recent times the stigma surrounding it is starting to be removed, thanks to research, development and ways of thinking evolving. A positive state of Mental Health can be shown and developed in a range of different ways. This can be through the expression of emotion, an increase in confidence, or establishing and improving relationships with others. This can have a range of benefits, such as helping people cope with the stress of daily life or having the ability to adapt and manage in times of change and uncertainty.

What can affect learners’ Mental Health?

There are an endless variety of factors that can impact your Mental Health, which can include: Bereavement, loneliness, relationships, work, or money. It is important that learners seek advice on any factor which is having a negative impact on their health and wellbeing to find out what support is available.

What can learners do to improve their Mental Health?

Everybody’s situation is different, and the first step to improving Mental Health should be for learners to take some time to consider what it is that is affecting their wellbeing. There are a range of strategies which can be implemented to boost state of mind including exercise, a healthy diet, or practicing mindfulness. Please follow the links below for more information and ideas, as well as further advice on support services that are available to you.

www.foryoubyyou.org.uk (A charity run for Civil Servants offering a range of services)

www.mentalhealth.org.uk (Information about Mental Health)

www.mind.org.uk (A Mental Health Charity offering information and support)

Find out more about Premier Partnership apprenticeships here.