14th March 2019, Corporate health and wellbeing provider Let’s Get Healthy urges businesses to ensure health and wellbeing training is included when preparing apprentices for work following Phillip Hammond’s Spring budget announcement on apprenticeship reforms.
The apprenticeship levy is designed to reduce the skills gap in the UK. However, with the prevalence of mental health issues amongst early years learners (75% of mental health problems occur by the age of 24), Let’s Get Healthy argues health and wellbeing should be given the same emphasis as traditional skills such as digital and technology.
The Chancellor Phillip Hammond brought forward the £700 million package of reforms announced in his Autumn Budget in order to accelerate the creation of three million new apprenticeships by April 2020.
Hammond said: “We are committed to returning technical and vocational skills to the heart of our educational system.”
Maria Bourke, MD of Let’s Get Healthy, said: “I believe this announcement creates 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.
“Indeed employees are calling for greater investment in their health and wellbeing as evidenced in the 2018 Global Talent Trends survey by Mercer one in two employees would like to see a greater focus on wellbeing.”