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Mental health support for apprenticeship providers

Mental health difficulties can affect the focus and effectiveness of apprentices. They may need time off work and struggle with their studies. Getting support can help them take back control.

The Access to Work Mental Health Support Service is funded by the Department for Work and Pensions meaning there is no charge to use this service.

Able Futures can help you demonstrate your commitment to supporting apprentices with mental health conditions in the workplace. 

Discover how Able Futures can help apprenticeship providers

The Access to Work Mental Health Support Service helps apprenticeship providers support apprentices, with a confidential service designed around their needs and daily routine. It also offers you advice, practical support and internal promotion materials you can use to raise awareness of the service within your business.

In addition, every apprenticeship provider that registers for the service receives a toolkit, a free training resource full of helpful dos and don’ts, access to webinars and information sessions on mental health at work, and resources and guidance on the latest topics for supporting people with their mental health at work.

When you sign-up to promote the Access to Work Mental Health Support Service to your apprentices you receive a comprehensive range of support.

In addition to the toolkit, internal promotional materials and resources and information on mental health at work, you have access to qualified professionals to help you help your apprentices.

They will have experience of working with people with mental health conditions. Knowledge that you can access at any time.

There is no charge to you or your apprentices to use the Access to Work Mental Health Support Service. This includes all the calls, meetings, expert advice, guidance and promotional materials.

It does not matter how often you or your apprentices use the service, all support provided under the Access to Work Mental Health Support Service is funded by the Department for Work and Pensions.

Providers of apprenticeships are offered a comprehensive package of support, which includes:

  • Advice on supporting an apprentice with a mental health condition
  • Education and a toolkit packed with helpful dos and don’ts
  • Internal promotion of the easy-to-access service for your apprentices

Able Futures is a nationwide network of specialists set-up to provide the Access to Work Mental Health Support Service on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). The support provided is designed to help people living with mental health difficulties and is funded by the DWP.

The Able Futures partnership includes:


Ingeus is a global provider of services that help make positive change. They give people the support and skills they need to get a job, gain independence and become productive employees.


Case-UK works with individuals and families to create a desire for change, which results in improving their personal, social and economic well-being.

Health 2 Employment

Health 2 Employment supports people living with physical and mental health difficulties. Their highly qualified health team help people manage their condition so that they can find jobs and stay in employment longer.


Salus is an NHS-based provider of occupational health, safety and return-to-work services. The first-class advice and support they deliver helps people with health conditions into work and remain in employment.

The support you provide under the Access to Work Mental Health Support Service can help your apprentices with mental health difficulties have more good days, which reduces the risk to your investment of time and resources.

What’s more, the service will simultaneously improve an apprentice’s attendance and performance and the likelihood of them completing their studies.

By providing support you demonstrate your commitment to a more inclusive and diverse workplace, which can enhance employee engagement and create a positive working environment.