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Benevolent Fund holds stress workshop

The ICE Benevolent Fund ran a stress and resilience workshop in May as part of a new training focus for the organisation.

The fund, which offers support and financial assistance to engineers facing personal hardship, is rolling out a series of life skills workshops throughout 2015 after input from members suggested that such a programme would be welcome.

“One of [our] delegates commented that there is a lot of provision within ICE and the workplace on the core skills needed as an engineer but saw a gap in the provision of softer skills and life skills,” said ICE Benevolent Fund marketing executive Samantha Payne.

At the workshop, delegates shared their experiences of working in stressful environments and their mechanisms for dealing with these. Course leader, Joan Kelly from external training provider Optum, described the signs and triggers of stress before outlining some of theories and academic thinking on the subject.

Feedback from participants suggested that the increasing number of mergers and acquisitions in the industry allied to the growing demands of new technology were placing them under increased pressure.

But ICE Benevolent Fund chief executive Kris Barnett suggested that engineers facing problems were failing to taking advantage of the help that it was offering.
Barnett explained that only 5% to 7% of ICE members use the Benevolent Fund for assistance. Aside from providing financial help to members who face hardship, the Fund also runs a 24 hour a day, seven day a week helpline for members who are enduring professional or personal problems.

  • Other courses in the ICE Benevolent Fund programme include a mid-career financial planning workshop and a pre-retirement financial planning workshop. To find out more about the ICE Benevolent Fund’s soft skills training programme click here.

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