Pastoral Care

We provide expert support to help you on your apprenticeship journey. This includes mental health and neurodiversity, careers guidance and academic and financial challenges.

Supporting you to be mentally healthy in work

There is free service that supports Learners on an Apprenticeship who are experiencing mental health problems. They offer emotional well-being, support and advice for nine months.

This is for Apprentices who are about to start or are already on an apprenticeship programme and finding it difficult to attend or concentrate due to a Mental Health Condition (diagnosed or undiagnosed) or any Apprentices who have been signed off sick with a mental health condition (diagnosed or undiagnosed) but want to go back to their apprenticeship.

Neurodiversity and Learning Support

We partner with 2 specialist organisations, Genius Within and Support Connect. Apprentices have the option of which organisation they wish to work with.

  • Genius Within specialise in supporting neurodiversity and offer remote access to counsellors who work on a 1-1 basis to provide support with mental health, learning needs or emotional needs.
  • Support Connect provide help for any condition or challenge which makes learning difficult. This includes 1-to-1 support, mentoring, and technology such as computers with assistive software.

To work with either organisation, you will need to complete an online screener that will identify any potential challenges. You will then be contacted by an expert workplace psychologist.

To be referred to support connect, you will need to speak to your LPA who can arrange this for you. If you prefer to engage with Genius Within, then you can complete the initial screener via the button below.

The Screening Questionnaire takes about 15 minutes to answer. The questions focus on practical, work-related issues. For each issue, Genius Within provides you with top tips for working at your best at work or in training. Following an online assessment, any apprentice whose results indicates challenges is able to receive support from an expert workplace psychologist.

Academic & Financial Support

Do you find study difficult? Or maybe there are new issues such as a change in family circumstances, a lack of motivation or childcare duties which are impacting your apprenticeship? Maybe you have changed jobs. 

JGA may be able to help with: 

  • Paying for childcare arrangements
  • Work clothing
  • Benefits or financial support

  • Difficulties with your course and workload
  • Personal and relationship difficulties
  • Health, diet, smoking cessation and sexual health
  • Support is offered to all apprentices who get into trouble and reach the Disciplinary process

Perhaps you are worried that you might be impacted by mental health conditions or you really struggle with maths or find spelling very difficult. Historically you may have thought that admitting your concerns would do you no favours in work or education.

In recent years attitudes towards these barriers to learning have changed and there is government money put aside to help with many of these challenges. JGA works with professionals to assess issues and give you help and tips about how best to cope, whether the issue is practical or health/mental health oriented.

Your Learner Progress Advisor or Skills Coach can help you with any pastoral care issues.

More pastoral care services

In addition to what’s above, we have put together a PDF with more great services for you to access.