The Mindful Apprentice Podcast

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Introducing our NEW Podcast Series: The Mindful Apprentice

At the Swindon and Wiltshire Institute of Technology (SAWIOT), we stand as a reliable pillar of assistance for apprentices navigating their educational journey with us. In collaboration with Nationwide, we’ve created an enriching podcast series with The Sound Doctor focusing on nurturing mental health. We share insights, expert interviews and real stories providing valuable tools to navigate academic and personal challenges.

Our collective recognition of the escalating impact of mental health challenges on students propels our commitment to showcasing the spectrum of available support. From our dedicated services at SAWIOT to the invaluable contributions of mental health charities like MIND, and the significance of a compassionate friend or colleague, our podcast series is crafted to offer engaging and informative support in addressing these vital concerns.

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Stream all episodes here.

“It is so important you look after yourself. If you’re unhappy, or if you’re struggling, you say from a very early stage. Makes sure you have a support network in place and be honest with your manager.”

Meg Ginsberg, Apprentice Project Manager at South West Water

We have qualified nurses who provide general health advice, first-aid, help and support with medical conditions and where needed, referral to specialist services. We have Mental Health & Wellbeing Student Mentors based in the Wellbeing Room who provide:

  • 1-to-1 meeting to discuss any concerns you may have
  • Daily drop in sessions 
  • Recommendations to teaching staff to support you in the classroom
  • A quiet space to come to
  • Signposting to internal support and external agencies
  • Transition support when making the move from school to college.

There is also a team of trained counsellors who can offer more intensive support for a period of time if you need to explore issues that may be affecting your mental health.

Queens Drive Campus phone line: 07815 828 338

North Star Campus phone line: 07435 911 243

Email (both Campuses):

For additional mental health support, please explore the following:

Togetherall – A 24/7 online support service for students who may be struggling with how they feel.

MIND – Mental health charity who aim to make mental health an everyday priority.

CAMHS – NHS service that assess and treat young people with emotional, behavioural or mental health difficulties.

Young Minds – Mental health charity for children and young people.

Prince’s Trust – Help for people aged 11 to 30 to build confidence, get a job or launch a business.

CALM – The #1 mental health app designed to help you manage stress, sleep better, and live a happier, healthier life.

Samaritans – A unique charity dedicated to reducing feelings of isolation and disconnection that can lead to suicide.