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Mental Health Awareness For Electrical and Fire Security Apprentices

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@S_ERC – Almost 60 Apprentices from South Eastern Regional College have been taking part in a unique mental health awareness programme whilst they undertake Expert Installer training as part of their apprenticeships.

Organised by the Electrical Industries Charity and Aico, the free mental health awareness training sits alongside accredited Expert Installer training in Fire and Carbon Monoxide alarm systems for Fire and Security and Electrical Apprentices at SERC.

Stuart Rankin, Deputy Head of School of Construction & Engineering Services at SERC said, “This is a great opportunity to upskill both students and lecturers within the Fire Engineering and Electrical Installation disciplines – as well as gaining recognised continued professional development (CPD) on Aico products and installation practice, participation in the one-hour virtual introductory course raises awareness of mental health, making it part and parcel of everyday life and work and we are grateful to Aico and the Electrical Industries Charity for hosting this for SERC.

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“The pandemic has magnified mental health concerns for everyone, and the sessions help challenge the stigma around this serious issue through sharing basic knowledge of common mental health issues and giving participants the confidence to support someone who may be experiencing difficulties. The training compliments the comprehensive programme of pastoral care available to all SERC students and staff including access to a 24-hour helpline.

Duncan Orr, Regional Specification Manager, Aico said, “Following our successful collaboration in 2019, Aico are delighted to be working alongside SERC once again providing our award-winning Expert Installer training to Electrical and Fire & Security apprentices along with free mental health awareness training facilitated by the Electrical Industries Charity.”

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