1. Charity Update
2. Wisdom of the Week
3. Wellbeing
4. Upcoming Course
5. Further Education update

Charity Update

In this section we will keep you informed of the exciting projects that we are currently working on and those that you can aspect to see from us in the future.

The offices will be closed on the Bank Holiday Thursday 2 June and Friday 3 June and our staff are looking forward to celebrating the Queens Platinum Jubilee along with the rest of the country.

Primed for Work
Just a week to go until our Primed to Work programme begins. This qualification is designed to develop the skills of those seeking employment and to provide  employment opportunities. The course incorporates the three elements of Prepare, Perform and Prosper, these elements are embedded throughout the course and will prime them for employment and beyond. Following the completion of the course individuals will also be given guaranteed interviews as well as further support from Positive People and the National Careers Service. 

Co-Create community project
We are proud to have been selected as a delivery partner with Co-Create to support their latest community project. We will be facilitating a series of practical workshops that will help attendees develop knowledge and skills in Motivation and Building Self-confidence, Tools for Development, CV Writing and Interview Skills, Starting your own Business, Benefits and Tax. We are excited to be delivering these interactive workshops throughout June.

 AAT Apprenticeships
ETS are delighted to announce that we have been successful in our application to deliver the Accounts of Finance Assistant Apprenticeship Standard (Level 2) and the Assistant Accountant (Level 3) by AAT. If you are interested in undertaking the Apprenticeship or you would like support in recruiting an apprentice, do not hesitate to contact us.


Wisdom for the Week

Mental Health – Tackling the Stigma and Supporting the Workplace

What is Mental Health?

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological and social wellbeing. It affects how we think, feel and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others and make choices… Everyone has mental health.

What is Stigma?

Stigma: A set of prejudicial attitudes and values, which may lead to discriminatory behaviours.

Social stigma: Includes the negative attitudes and discriminatory behaviours that society or particular individuals hold towards those with mental health problems

Self-stigma: This is where people with mental health problems believe what is being said about their condition and agree with their viewpoints.

The Effects of Stigma

  • Reluctance to seek professional treatment
  • Victimisation, harassment and physical violence
  • Difficulties finding employment and taking part in activities
  • Lack of understanding and empathy from family and friends
  • Reluctance to ask anyone for help
  • Feelings of shame and hopelessness

Factors Affecting Mental Health in the Workplace

Mental health problems can develop outside and inside of the workplace. There are several internal factors which can have a negative impact on a person’s mental health and make it harder to cope.

Factors can include:

  • Unmanageable workloads, long hours and increasing pressures
  • Bullying, stigmatisation and difficult relationships with peers
  • Lack of control over work and poor supervision from management
  • Dangerous or poor physical working environments
  • Inadequate pay, problems receiving pay and lack of reward and recognition
  • Ensuring employers and senior management spend more time communicating and getting to know employees
  • Monitoring employee performance and providing recognition and reward for achievements
  • Health services, return to work schemes and allowing flexible working hours to help employees meet personal responsibilities

How to create a positive mental health culture 

  • Educate yourself on mental health and wellbeing and participate in workplace initiatives
  • Make effort to talk to your colleagues and ask them how they are feeling. Take on little tasks to help make their life easier during tough times
  • Don’t be afraid to talk to someone about your own thoughts and feelings
  • Challenge workplace ‘politics’ and speak to a manager if something is not quite right
  • Show an interest in your colleague’s opinions, cultures and beliefs
  • Build friendships with your colleagues and organise to meet up outside of the working environment
  • Make the most out of your lunch break – eat healthily, read book, listen to music, take a stroll, etc.
  • Set a challenge by organising charity events for good causes
  • Take a break every once in a while and make the most out of your annual leave
  • Time is precious – ensure you have a good work / life balance and don’t overdo it
  • Make sure you have a good sleep pattern and listen to what your body is telling you

The benefits of a positive mental health culture

  • Improved productivity, teamwork and morale
  • Increased awareness of mental health
  • Employees more likely to disclose their problems
  • Reduced business costs
  • Reduced absence and staff turnover
  • Attracting new job talent
  • Enhanced business reputation

Mental Health Support Courses

These courses are suitable for everyone and are designed to help employers to provide a positive mental health culture within the workplace; to provide learners with comprehensive knowledge on a range of the most common mental health conditions; and provide the skills to be able to act should a condition be suspected.

Learners undertaking this course will be considered First Aiders for Mental Health and be a point of contact within the workplace to help and support those with a suspected mental health condition.

Level 2 Award in Mental Health First Aid – Wednesday 15 June 2022

A one-day qualification to provide you with the knowledge to recognise a range of mental health conditions, how to start a supportive conversation and when and how to signpost a person to seek appropriate professional help.

Level 3 Award in Supervising Mental Health for First Aid – Monday 20 June 2022 and Tuesday 21 June 2022

A two-day qualification to provide you with the knowledge to recognise a wide range of mental health conditions and learn about the support/therapy provided by professional healthcare providers.


Our next four newsletter will focus on the national Take Five campaign that offers straight-forward and impartial advice to help everyone protect themselves from preventable financial fraud.

The weekly topics will be:

  • Week 1 – An Introduction in to the Take Five Campaign
  • Week 2: Stop – Challenge – Protect
  • Week 3: Are you scam savvy?
  • Week 4: Watch out for scam like these

Take Five campaign

Fraud poses a major threat to the UK. It’s a crime that the finance industry is committed to tackling, but it’s also one that requires the combined efforts of every sector, both public and private, to overcome.

These crimes can have a devastating impact on victims. Advanced security systems and innovations in which the finance industry invests to protect customers stopped more than £1.8 billion of unauthorised fraud. But despite this, criminals successfully stole £1.2 billion through fraud and scams in 2019.

Take Five is a national campaign that offers straight-forward and impartial advice to help everyone protect themselves from preventable financial fraud. This includes email deception and phone-based scams as well as online fraud – particularly where criminals impersonate trusted organisations.

Many people may already know the dos and don’ts of financial fraud and scams – that no-one should ever contact them out of the blue to ask for their full PIN or full password, or ever make them feel pressured into moving money to another account. The trouble is, in the heat of the moment, it’s easy to forget this.

After all, trusting people on their word is something everyone tends to do instinctively. If someone says they’re from your bank or a trusted organisation, why wouldn’t you believe them? Take Five urges you to stop and consider whether the situation is genuine – to stop and think if what you’re being told really makes sense.

Led by UK Finance, the campaign is delivered with and through a range of partners in the UK payments industry, financial services firms, law enforcement agencies, telecommunication providers, commercial, public and third sector organisations.

Criminals may purport to be from Take Five, using our official branding on their websites, social media posts, literature on the phone or by text. Take Five doesn’t provide endorsement or approval for any products/services and would never call or text anyone especially not to request payments. Anyone claiming to provide any products on our behalf is fraudulent. If you think you may have been a victim of a scam, contact your bank immediately and report it to Action Fraud.


Further Education Sector

This section is where we try to keep you updated with some of the exciting projects that are going on in the Further Education (FE) sector. These snippets are taken from AELP (The Association of Employment and Learning Providers), FE Week, and Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).

AELP | FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2022

Seetec Pluss – Health and Wellbeing Event

Seetec Pluss will be presenting a new Health and Wellbeing event for employers to address the current topic of the great resignation, providing industry led information, first- hand experience and practical solutions which will support a happy and healthy workforce for all businesses.

This free online webinar will explore: the importance of health and wellbeing at work, how to improve employee retention and how to reduce presenteeism and resignation. The event will take place virtually during World Wellbeing Week on Tuesday 21st June 1-2.30pm. To register your business and book a place visit this link

FE WEEK | FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2022

Marc Dawe, CEO, The Skills Network writes in FE Week:

Following two years of political, social and economic disruptions, the government announced its levelling up white paper earlier this year. With widespread devolution and the recognition of skills in socio-economic development, the white paper shared an optimistic view of opportunities development but left questions on how such proposals would successfully be delivered.

Here are 7 ways Education and Training Provider helps to support the economy. Education does the following:

  1. Helps close poverty gaps
  2. Increases the productivity of an existing workforce
  3. Encourages migration to highly demanded skills area
  4. Creates a workforce with a versatile skillset
  5. Creates a better-paid worker
  6. Raises the overall skill levels of society
  7. Supports government funding schemes

ETS continue to work hard to improve all things associated with apprenticeships on behalf of our employers and apprentices.  We use local and national networks to lobby the government on a variety of subjects and are working on specific projects with the Department for Education and Education and Skills Funding Agency.


Click on the link below to subscribe to our weekly newsletter that has been created to share our wealth of knowledge, keep you updated with new developments, raise awareness of wellbeing and inform you of what is happening in the further education sector. The Charities vision is “To inspire people and businesses to embrace growth and achieve success through outstanding training” so we are using this opportunity to help impart our expertise with local businesses, communities and individuals.