Staff at Alstom in Derby to benefit from wellbeing training delivered by the University

6 November 2023

Staff at Alstom’s Derby site are to benefit from dignity, respect and wellbeing training after the University of Derby successfully secured a contract to deliver a dedicated programme of activity to the company. 

Alstom has been working with the University since January 2023 as part of the Mental Health and Productivity Pilot (MHPP) – a project led by the University which aims to reduce absence and presenteeism related to mental health and the stigma associated with mental health, particularly in the workplace. 

The new contract will see the University’s Work Health Hub, in partnership with The Insight Centre, a leading Midlands-based provider of business and leadership coaching as a strategic collaboration, deliver a mixture of discussions, case studies, videos, and group work with the aim of enhancing mental health in the workplace. 

The focus is on ensuring all staff have the same level of understanding and awareness of mental health and wellbeing, the benefits of effective communication, the wellbeing support that is available, both internally and externally, and how to access it. 

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Marco Michel, Managing Director UK&I RSC/Derby site; Kate Wood, MHPP and Work Health Hub Project Manager; Emma Moraga, HR Business Partner at Alstom; Warren Manning, Provost - Innovation and Research

Kate Wood, MHPP and Work Health Hub Project Manager at the University of Derby, said:

“We are thrilled to have been awarded the Alstom consultancy project, and excited to be partnering with The Insight Centre. 

“We have learned so much about Alstom's culture and ethos over the last few months, and believe by bringing together our expertise and resources, we will be able to facilitate engaging and insightful workshops for all its staff, and continue to create a mentally healthy work environment, encouraging individuals to prioritise their own wellbeing, as well as support the wellbeing of their colleagues and employees."

Once the discussions and workshops have taken place, the University will feed back to senior leaders at the company, formulating an action plan of wellbeing provision for employees. 

Professor Warren Manning, Provost - Innovation and Research at the University of Derby, said:

“I am extremely proud to see the University of Derby partnering with Alstom through our Work Health Hub, bringing our collective expertise together to improve mental health, wellbeing and performance in the workplace.”

Marco Michel, Managing Director UK&I RSC/Derby site, added:

“I am delighted that Alstom has partnered with the University of Derby to deliver this important programme to our workforce. 

“Dignity, respect and wellbeing are key to maintaining a positive, healthy outlook on life, so we are investing in this programme to promote positive workplace behaviours and a wellbeing culture. The programme complements the extensive range of employee wellbeing support and initiatives already in place for our 2,000-strong workforce.”

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