Mental Health First Aid Level 2 Award for GMLPF Members

Our members have told us the mental health of their apprentices and other learners is having an increasing impact on delivery of learning. Recent research undertaken by GMLPF with members suggests that:

  • at any point in time 30% of any provider’s learners are experiencing mental health issues
  • on average 40 staff hours a month at each provider are spent dealing with learners’ mental health issues
  • average of 7 incidences per provider per month of learners requiring support for mental health
Opportunity for GMLPF members

Many members say they don’t feel adequately equipped to support their students’ mental health. They indicated 4 key areas of support they would welcome:

  • structured training programme in mental health first aid and awareness
  • short awareness raising sessions
  • advice on referral agencies
  • access to specialist advice.

As a first step, in conjunction with FIT Uk and Active IQ, we are launching a Mental Health First Aid training course for GMLPF members. The course runs over 1.5 days and results in a Level 2 Award for participants. There are 10 places available on the course which will run in mid to late November. There may be further opportunities to take the course next year.

More about the course
  • 5 day certified programme
  • Course content includes: understanding and awareness of mental health; Common mental health disorders and issues; Helping reduce stigma and discrimination around mental health
  • Focus on mental health in the education and training sector
  • Recognised Level 2 Award
  • Programme accredited by Active IQ
  • Face to face tutor led programme
  • Students complete Learner Assessment Portfolio
  • Online or paper-based assessment
  • Delivered at GMLPF premises
  • Increase staff ability to recognise signs of mental health problems in learners
  • More understanding of best ways of supporting learners with mental health issues
  • Once qualified, staff can train apprentices and other learners to achieve the award
  • Once qualified, can be offered to apprentice employers as a commercial option
  • Accredited training demonstrates to Ofsted your commitment to learner wellbeing

The course costs £315 including VAT. This includes:

  • Awarding body registration and certification fees
  • Resources including course manual and e-learning materials
  • Tutor delivery and assessment (1.5 days)
  • Lunch and refreshments for 2 days

At this stage we are asking members to register their interest in participating in the course in November. If there is high demand, we will re-run the course in January.

Please indicate your interest in securing one of the 10 available places on the course by emailing