Pilot Training Group Skyborne Supports World Mental Health Day with Launch of Wellbeing Platform for Trainees

12th Oct 2022

Global pilot training group – Skyborne is marking World Mental Health Day and its partnership with charity Red Umbrella, by providing its trainees with a bespoke Wellbeing Platform.

Skyborne has teamed up with Red Umbrella, the number one provider of mental health first aid courses, to allow its trainees to access world class mental health support and professional assistance. This is applicable to all Skyborne staff, current trainees and graduates in the UK and US.

The Skyborne Trainee Wellbeing Platform delivers several different levels of assistance. The first level is for trainees to speak to Skyborne staff who have been trained in mental health first aid, through Red Umbrella. The second level is talking to Pilot Peers, who are current airline pilots from Red Umbrella. This stage is controlled by providing trainees with two ‘Care Coins’, which can be exchanged for four Pilot Peer sessions. The third level is having access to professional counsellors, from Red Umbrella.

Tedd Pinkney, Chief Theoretical Knowledge Instructor, Skyborne, says: “I’m hugely passionate about mental health, particularly in aviation. It’s important to understand and have empathy of what our trainees are going through. For some people, this is the first time they have left home and they may need someone they can approach and feel comfortable talking to, which is why I wanted to become a mental health first aider.

“At Skyborne we believe in the importance of maintaining good mental health and wellbeing during our trainees’ time with us and in their day-to-day lives. We understand that our trainees may face some issues and challenges on their training journey, which can have an impact on their mental wellbeing. With the introduction of our Skyborne Wellbeing Platform, we hope this will encourage our trainees to be more forthcoming with any issues. This, in turn, will help us to provide the necessary support to get them back on track.”

Red Umbrella provides qualified mental health first aid training to organisations and works with companies to provide unique portals to suit their specific needs. Each person who becomes a mental health first aider participates in a two-day course that leads to accreditation as an Ofqual level 3 Mental Health First Aider. At Skyborne three employees have completed this training.

This year’s theme for World Mental Health Day is to make mental health and wellbeing a global priority for all. Red Umbrella already works with a number of aviation institutions in the UK, helping to build bespoke platforms, to decrease the stigma around mental health in aviation.

About Skyborne Airline Academy

Skyborne Airline Academy is a modern airline training academy based at Vero Beach, Florida, United States, and Gloucestershire Airport in the United Kingdom. Established by industry experts, Skyborne brings a fresh approach to airline pilot training.  Founders Tom Misner (chairman), Lee Woodward (CEO) and Ian Cooper (COO) have unsurpassed experience in commercial aviation, education and training. It is their vision to create a training environment where the highest standard of teaching, safety and relevant airline-style training is maintained, and interactive learning is encouraged.   Using a combination of tried and tested methods and the latest technology to assess competence, suitability,  aptitude and resilience, Skyborne aims to recruit the very best candidates to minimize additional training, reduce failure rates and provide airlines with better pilots and cabin crew.  Skyborne is proud to hold close relationships with the world’s leading airlines, offering opportunities for trainees as part of the IndiGo Cadet Pilot Programme, the SkyWest Professional Pilot Pathway, and the United Airlines Aviate Program.

Source: Skyborne Airline Academy Press Release
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