Support for Redundancy: Skills Training & Wellbeing Resources

Written on: 16 October 2020

Written by: Baltic Apprenticeships


[Apprentices, Career, Mental Health Awareness]

Since March, the number of people being made redundant has risen steadily as businesses have reported financial strain. Whether you’re a new employee or have years of experience under your belt, being made redundant is one of the most stressful situations that someone may experience in their working life. It can affect different people in different ways, and lots of people will need a little support to work out their next steps.

In this blog, we’ll highlight a few different sources of support, including some useful skill training schemes, wellbeing resources, and sources of practical help:

Skills Support for Redundancy

Skills Support for Redundancy (SSR) is an initiative designed to support people and employers affected by redundancy.

The scheme provides a tailored range of skills training, qualifications and networking support to help people upskill and reskill.

Through this scheme, you’ll be supported by a dedicated Partnership Coordinator, who will work with you to identify the training and support that could help you get back into work and achieve your career goals. These fully funded courses may help open the door to a rewarding new career.

This flexible scheme, delivered by Serco, is funded through the Education & Skills Funding Agency and the European Social Fund. For employers looking to avoid redundancies and build skills within their organisation, a similar scheme – Skills Support for the Workforce – is also available.


Redundancy Support Service for Apprentices

Being made redundant as an apprentice can be devastating – for many, redundancy risks losing not just a job, but also the opportunity to achieve the qualification they have worked so hard for.

No matter what happens, it’s important to remember that no experience is wasted. Nothing can wipe out the knowledge you’ve gained and the weeks of real industry experience you have built up during your apprenticeship.

If you’re enrolled on an apprenticeship programme with Baltic Apprenticeships and find yourself at risk of redundancy, we’ll do everything we can to support you and help you continue your training in another role.

More broadly, the Education & Skills Funding Agency have launched The Redundancy Support Service for Apprentices. It does exactly what it says on the tin: offers support for apprentices facing redundancy.

This service offers advice and guidance on how redundancy may affect your apprenticeship, and access to a brand new vacancy sharing site, which could connect you to new opportunities with local employers.

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Interview Advice, Support, and Outfits

When you have an interview coming up, it’s important that you feel prepared, confident, and ready to make an impact. However, if your income is limited, getting interview-appropriate clothing can be a worry.

Organisations such as Smart Works, Suitability, and Suited For Success are there to take away this financial stress, and help you look your best for your interview. They’ll work with you to provide interview-appropriate clothing that will fit you (and your new role) like a glove. Once sorted, your outfit will be yours to keep.

Smart Works also offer interview preparation and coaching sessions to build up your confidence before the big day.

Mental Health & Wellbeing Support

Last, but by no means least, this final section covers the most important thing – looking after your wellbeing. During times of stress, it’s important to be aware of how you’re feeling, share your worries, and seek out any help you need.

We’ve put together some organisations and resources that specialise in supporting people who are experiencing a difficult time:

  • Turn2Us: providing information and financial support to help you get back on track.
  • Mind: providing advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.
  •  Citizens Advice: advice, guidance and support on anything from benefit entitlement to housing, health, money and more.
  • Money Advice Service: free and impartial money advice.
  • Debt Advice Foundation: free, confidential debt advice from a UK charity.
  • National Careers Service: Careers information, resources and guidance
  • Young Minds: Mental health support specifically for young people.
  •  Samaritans: whatever you’re going through, you can call Samaritans any time for free. Support is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call 116 123 or contact them online.

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