Electrical Contracting News (ECN) December 2016 - Page 18

KEY ISSUE A HELPING HAND Tessa Ogle of the Electrical Industries Charity talks about the importance of creating a bigger support network for those desperately needing help in the electrical industry. O nce in a while, we all go through challenging situations in our lives, and some of us are more fortunate than others to have people to help us face those difficult times. In the electrical sector, many people are less fortunate when it comes to the support network. Currently, there is a significant number of people in our industry including retired electricians, apprentices, families and colleagues who are facing tough life challenges on their own as they have no one to turn to. The Electrical Industries Charity (EIC) provides support for those desperately in need of a helping hand through its four different programmes, which include the Pensioner Support Programme, Employee and Family Support Programme, Apprentice Support Programme, and Practical Participation Programme. The Pensioner Support Programme has been created by the charity to lift the heavy financial burden of our retired colleagues and help them to have the peaceful retirement they deserve without consistent worries and financial struggles. Retirement itself is commonly seen as the time when people stop working and start living. It can also be seen as a new phase in life which brings a lot of new and exciting opportunities. But there could be a host of challenges when you retire too. Currently, in the UK there are 14.9 million people aged 60 and over. Furthermore, 40 per cent of all individuals aged 65 or over have a life limiting, long standing illness. For many individuals, being retired means a reduced income so they may struggle to pay household bills, debts or unexpected expenses such as replacing a broken appliance. The Pensioner Support Programme is designed to assist retired people and their families in the electrical industry by giving them a way to connect with fellow retired colleagues as well as helping them with any financial issues they may be facing. Another key programme that the charity has created is the Apprentice Support Programme which helps young people deal with some of the key challenges that affect them as they work towards their apprenticeship. This programme allows young apprentices to achieve their goals and create a better future by having the support they need. The Apprentice Support Programme offers bursaries, independent advice and information through the Confidential Helpline on a wide variety of issues, such as rising debt and problems at home or work. Difficult circumstances The Employee and Family Support Programme is another programme that was created to specifically help our industry’s employees and their families who are facing the most challenging situations in their life. We all go through difficult circumstances in our lives when we experience stress, anxiety or even depression, and we all know how important it is to have someone there who you can talk to when times get tough. According to the Health and Safety Executive, one in six workers are currently experiencing stress, anxiety or depression and 43 per cent of them still state that they would not feel comfortable discussing mental health issues with their manager or employer. Over 70 million working days are currently being lost each year as a result of these problems which costs the UK economy £26 billion. In response to this, the EIC launched the Employee & Family Support Programme to help people deal with life’s many problems. 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