Launching! The Mindful Apprentice Podcast 

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The Swindon and Wiltshire Institute of Technology (SAWIOT) in partnership with Nationwide have launched a series of podcasts aimed at supporting the mental health and wellbeing of students. 

The Mindful Apprentice Podcast was adopted by Darran Marks, Managing Director of SAWIOT, after securing funding from Nationwide’s Early Technical Careers team. It was decided that a series of short, informative, and supportive podcasts would be made accessible to all students. 

Darran Marks says, “The staff across the Institute of Technology are already a trusted source of support for our students. We wanted to ensure that there is that continued support in many forms.  A student that may not feel confident enough to speak up can turn to these podcasts as a source of support and guidance.” 

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Currently available via Sound Cloud, the full series will be making its debut on Spotify, Audible, and Apple Music over the coming weeks after its launch at New College Swindon’s Apprenticeship Fair, Appren-T-fest on the 6th of February 2024. 

Darran continues, “We all see the increasing impact mental health is having on students and we want to demonstrate the support that is on offer whether that be us at SAWIOT, the fantastic support provided by mental health charities such as  MIND, or simply the kind, listening ear of a friend or colleague.  The Podcast series is designed to support this in an interesting and engaging way.” 

The podcast series will be shared with all partner Institute of Technology’s across the county to encourage awareness of the support available across the network. 

The Sound Doctor

Producer of the 20-episode series, Rosie Runciman from The Sound Doctor, highlights that the idea was developed after the success of the mental health in farming podcast, Keeping on Track by Adam Henson. The focus is on topics such as Preparing for your Apprenticeship, Managing the Workload, and Spotting the Signs of Poor Mental Health.  It also includes several case studies focussing on students talking about their own experiences.  

Rosie found it great to work with Darran and the team to create the podcast series.  She says “During the production we met many amazing people, who do amazing things. The apprentices themselves were inspirational. What a fantastic bunch of people!” 

“At SAWIOT the team are obviously deeply committed to getting the best possible results for their students, as were the organisations we spoke to for the series.”

– Rosie, The Sound Doctor

A variety of guest speakers, including key individuals from New College Swindon and SAWIOT were involved ensuring the episodes were engaging and informative. The series was designed with Apprenticeship students in mind, but it really is a valuable tool for all students and employers alike.  The theme is the same; supporting each other’s mental health and wellbeing is vital for us all. 

Stream all episodes on Sound Cloud here