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Call for businesses to include health and wellbeing in apprentice training

Corporate health and wellbeing provider Let's Get Healthy is calling on construction businesses to include health and wellbeing when preparing apprentices for work this National Apprenticeships Week.

Maria Bourke, MD of Let's Get Healthy, said: "I believe the apprenticeship levy is a huge opportunity to build the workforce of the future to be resilient to the pressures of the modern world, allowing them to understand and take control of their health and wellbeing to make them strong leaders and great managers."

Fresh Student Living believes that "the anxiety and often depression experienced by young adults lies in uncertainty. Millennial's spend more time studying compared to previous generations and have more competition in their career."

Developing an understanding of health and wellbeing should supplement teaching the skills that are currently missing from the UK economy such as digital and technology.

Let's Get Healthy works with a number of UK based clients to provide tailored workshops on health and wellbeing as part of their apprentice  programmes and covers level 2, 3, 4 and degree.

The award winning training is fun, engaging and interactive and covers the impact of stress on the brain, the effects of hydration and sugar on the body and the importance of rest, recovery and repair. There is also has an embed phase which uses gamification as a way to sustain the learning.

One recent apprentice commented on the training: “Fantastic day, engaging and informative, great trainer, great breakout session. Overall brilliant day and learned a lot to take away.”

The apprenticeship levy is designed to reduce the skills gap in the UK. However, with the prevalence of mental health issues associated with Millennial's, Let's Get Healthy argues health and wellbeing should be given the same emphasis as traditional skills such as digital and technology.

The levy is clearly not being utilised as evidenced in a survey by Alliance Manchester Business School. 35% said the levy funds were underutilised and 32% of firms do not offer any type of formal development programmes (internal or external).

Dr David Lowe, programme director, MSc management practice at Manchester Business School, said: “This survey clearly shows that limited awareness of the apprenticeship levy spans the workplace. Meanwhile, Britain is continuing to miss out on the growth opportunity provided by a highly skilled management force. The apprenticeship levy is ready and waiting to alleviate skills, retention and productivity issues for business."

Let’s Get Healthy was recently named Gold Winner at the 2018 Employee Experience Awards in the category of Health & Wellbeing. The Leeds-based company has a wealth of construction sector experience, and currently operates as corporate wellbeing providers to the likes of Travis Perkins.

For more information on how Let's Get Healthy can provide health and wellbeing training as part of an apprenticeship scheme please visit www.letsgethealthy.co.uk.