A Quick Guide to Learner Support

At Gloucestershire Engineering Training, we take learner support very seriously for both students and employers.

It is hugely important to GET to make sure that our learners are protected at all times and to remember that some students may need more support and guidance than others. Learner support is a critical component of an effective learning environment, something that GET strive to achieve.

Learning Difficulties

Some students will experience learning difficulties during their apprenticeship, some of whom will not have realised they were ever suffering. Dyslexia is a common learning difficulty that affects one in ten people and can differ between people.

Some indicators of dyslexia include:

  • Having trouble with reading, writing and spelling.
  • Having trouble with numbers, directions and short-term memory.
  • Being better at talking then writing.
  • Preferring hands-on learning.
  • Being creative.
  • Falling behind.
  • Drinking a minimum of 2-litres of water per day.
  • Try to get at least 7-8 hours per night.
  • Eat as much fruit and vegetables as possible.
  • Exercise for around twenty minutes per day.
  • Be positive.
  • Depression can be treated with medication and/or therapy.
  • Anxiety can be treated with medication, therapy and/or personal help.
  • ADHD can be treated with medication, therapy, counselling and educational support.
  • Bipolar disorder can be treated with medication.

If you think you are dyslexic or one of your students is, you should speak to your tutor. Dyslexia is best treated with the correct educational support.

Health & Well-being

Some students may find it difficult to balance their learning life and their health and well-being. It is encouraged that students do not smoke, cut down on alcohol, get enough sleep, get enough exercise and drink enough water.

Some top tips for healthy living include:

Mental Health

If you are student suffering with a mental health issue, you should talk to someone you trust, whether it be a teacher, friend, counsellor or family. It’s important to understand that they are ways to combat your mental health problems and you should not stay quiet. If you think an apprentice is suffering from mental health problems, you should speak to your tutor.

Pregnancy

If you become pregnant during your apprenticeship, you have rights. You should speak to your employer or tutor as your learning can be suspended until you are ready to return.

At GET, we have been offering work-based apprenticeships in engineering for over 40 years. To find out more information, you can get in touch with the team by visiting our contact page or by giving us a call on 01452 423461.