27th May 2020

As part of Mental Health Awareness week, Cavendish Nuclear have been reflecting on some of the resources and support they have put in place to support their people during these extraordinary times and to reinforce their care, connect, trust culture. One example of this is the launch of a new series of short bite-size virtual learning events.

These events have been backed by Dominic Kieran, Cavendish Nuclear’s Managing Director and his leadership team, who saw them not only as a way to equip teams with the tools and techniques to navigate their way through these challenging times but to also enable colleagues to stay connected with one another and the business.

The short bite-size virtual learning events have also garnered support from the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB), which is allocating funding for every person who attends the training.

David Lewis, ECITB Senior Account Manager for Nuclear, said: “The ECITB is engaging with all our employers to develop creative solutions to support their businesses through the Covid-19 period and beyond.

“For Cavendish Nuclear to quickly recognise the human impact on their staff during these unprecedented times and to develop a solution so quickly is an example to industry. We were only too happy to provide some really meaningful grant support to help.”

A number of the Cavendish Nuclear leadership team volunteered to take part in the delivery of the sessions including Kathryn Jones, Director of Programme Management & Project Controls. Kathryn said,

“Through the discussions we are able to weave in our own reflections and experiences of dealing with change or building resilience to help one another, so I was not only teacher but pupil as I also learned some new ideas and was reminded of the value of certain tools.”

Each training session lasts up to 60 minutes and are focused heavily on reinvigorating habits and practical ways to be more effective during lockdown. Topics delivered so far have included dealing with change, stress management and building emotional resilience. Having attended all sessions, Helen Shone, Assurance Advisor said,

“Being a Mental Health First Aider equips you with a wealth of resource to help others, but sometimes when it’s you that need to use them yourself, you forget and need a gentle nudge in the right direction! It is also a great opportunity to connect and listen to others across the business – sharing one another’s experiences really does help”.

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