ADVERTORIAL: Edinburgh College Virtual Training supports workforce mental health

Blackwood Homes and Care, which provides high-quality care and support services, as well as accessible and bespoke housing for people with a range of disabilities and housing needs, has benefitted from Mental Health and Resilience Training during the ongoing pandemic.

Blackwood approached Edinburgh College to discuss its training needs, and following consultation with the College’s expert trainers and its Training and Development team– has enrolled some of its employees on to Mental Health and Wellbeing Workshops.

The workshops, which were delivered initially in a traditional training setting, have been added to the College’s suite of Professional Virtual Training – with teaching carried out online.

The Blackwood team have benefitted from studying modules including: ‘Mental health and wellbeing, and our values and attitudes’; ‘What is stress and our values and attitudes to stress’; ‘Recognising the signs and symptoms of stress’; and ‘Techniques to provide initial support to ourselves and for others experiencing stress’.

Emma Scatterty, Digital Skills Trainer at Blackwood Homes and Care said: “Edinburgh College’s Training and Development team have been fantastic to work with – they have always been responsive and happy to identify and source the best solutions for our training needs.

“The College and its trainers have been very quick to adapt to this new working environment, where many of our staff are at home. As a result, we have been able to continue offering online Mental Health and Wellbeing workshops to our employees, which have been very well received in these difficult times.

“Next, we are planning to run virtual versions of some of the College’s Digital Skills courses. This means we are able to continue to offer a wide training programme to employees in spite of current restrictions.”

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