Starting strong for Apprentices – case study
The work we have been lucky enough to do with apprentices in the mining and mining services industry gives us the evidence of how hard some of the younger folk find the workplace and all that goes with a change in lifestyle.
Most apprentices are straight out of school and can be as young as 15 years. In addition, we are seeing a growing number of females join the apprentice ranks. This changing gender mix automatically alters the “historical” risk profile of an apprentice. The health needs and issues faced by female apprentices reflect greater mental health issues, particularly anxiety.
During COVID for example, there was 160% increase in female apprentices reporting higher levels of anxiety. The impact on sleep patterns of an apprentice was also striking. We found that the quality of sleep was maintained at a high level, but the quantity of sleep dropped to around 50% of what is required. Apprentices were turning up for work sleep deprived.
Our data suggests certain populations in the workforce need specific interventions and support. In the case of the apprentice, our Program helped normalise head health patterns and continuously worked to improve their sleep patterns.