September 27, 2021

The Dorchester partners with The Skills Network to launch employee Mental Health Awareness courses

The UK’s largest online learning provider, The Skills Network, has launched a partnership with The Dorchester, to offer over 650 employees a selection of nationally recognised mental health courses.

Having previously partnered with the likes of The Landmark London, Thomson Reuters and the NHS, The Skills Network is now collaborating with The Dorchester, to upskill and support hospitality staff by raising awareness of mental health and the triggers that can affect health and wellbeing. The fully funded courses are available to all employees at both The Dorchester and 45 Park Lane, of Dorchester Collection.

Recognising mental health and wellbeing as an integral part of their key focuses for 2021, The Dorchester’s partnership with The Skills Network will provide a successful way to address staff wellbeing, whilst also providing employees with the opportunity to reskill, retrain and be rewarded.

James Earl, Executive Director of Sales at The Skills Network, said: “The pandemic has had a detrimental effect on many people’s lives, particularly those who haven’t had access to their usual support networks or daily routine due to being on furlough or losing their job.

“The Skills Network were approached by The Dorchester to help employees find the confidence in their ability to support people with mental health issues and identify the correct help for them whilst also being able to potentially recognise signs within themselves.

“We’re thrilled to be joining forces with an iconic 5-star hotel like The Dorchester to deliver programmes that will benefit the employees’ wellbeing, provide opportunities for hospitality staff to help the lives of others, develop within the business and upskill for free.”

Emma Jayne, Area Director of People & Culture at The Dorchester added: “The past year and a half has been tough for everyone and we recognise now more than ever, that mental health is a priority. The wellbeing of our employees has always been a primary focus for us. We’re hoping that the mental health awareness programme will allow our employees to develop both professionally and personally, providing them with the skills to identify any potential issues and to help those who need it, even if it’s just through having a conversation.

The Skills Network has helped us formulate a plan of how to develop a framework that suits the business as a whole, whilst also helping the business progress in the areas most relevant in current society.”

Alongside Mental Health courses, The Skills Network is also offering Equality & Diversity training to all employees at The Dorchester and 45 Park Lane, of Dorchester Collection.

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