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Support for students and apprentices

If you’re currently studying an engineering course or apprenticeship and need support with your money, mental health, housing or wellbeing, we may be able to offer support.

Support to help you achieve your study goals

Every engineering student and apprentice knows what it’s like to want to excel in your studies and work, land a good job and enter the industry with confidence.

But are you finding yourself feeling held back at all, by things which are out of your control?

Maybe you’re struggling to balance the demands of studying with making ends meet. Perhaps your mental health isn’t where you’d like it to be. Or maybe you’re experiencing issues with your accommodation, such as inconsiderate landlords or uncertainty about your rights as a student tenant?

All of these issues can present big challenges which can prevent you from reaching your potential, and achieving your career goals.

By getting in touch with Foothold, you can get things back on track so you can focus on thriving and succeeding, with direct support that’s tailored to your needs and concerns.

Find out how we can support you below:

Neurodiverse engineers

Direct support through the Engineering Neurodiverse Futures programme

Direct, tailored support is available for engineering students and apprentices through our Engineering Neurodiverse Futures programme. Get support to help you access a diagnosis, improve your financial and emotional wellbeing, and unleash your unique talents so that you can achieve your career goals and reach your full potential.

Additional support we offer

There are plenty of other ways we can support you to complete your training or studies and enter the workforce with confidence, including:

Financial support

If you’re struggling to get by and need a helping hand with your income, we can offer bespoke support grants to help you ease the pressure and reduce financial stress.

Counselling support

When you’re experiencing challenges in life, it’s easy to feel like you have to face them alone. We can offer counselling and therapy grants to help you talk things through.

Housing support

Living away from home can be an exciting but daunting prospect. If you’re having issues with your housing, we can offer expert advice to point you in the right direction.

Sleep support

If you’re worrying about exams your workload, you might find yourself struggling to get a good night’s rest. Find out how we can improve your sleep health to boost your wellbeing.

Online support

We also have a wide range of digital support to help you enhance your wellbeing, including our monthly free webinars, the Foothold app, and our free Wellbeing Hub.

"Three months in, I noticed that I was really struggling to engage with my work. I felt sleepy and lethargic all the time, I couldn’t concentrate on anything and my attention was all over the place."

Learn how we helped Mikaela get a diagnosis for ADHD so that she could pass her placement with confidence.

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Get in touch with us today

We know that when you’re struggling emotionally, practically and financially, often the hardest step to take is reaching out and asking for support. But everyone experiences challenges in life, and it’s important to remember that you are not alone – after all, there are thousands of neurodiverse engineers just like you around the world, many of whom may be in a similar situation.

Our support is here to help you live better and thrive – no matter your circumstances. So, if you’re ready to get in touch with us, we’re ready to listen to your needs and offer whatever support we can.

Find out more about neurodiversity

If you are or believe you may be neurodivergent, we have a range of useful resources to help you learn more about what it means for you, and things you can do to help you thrive as a neurodivergent individual.


You are not alone. Hear from people across the engineering community on how they’ve managed their neurodiversity journey, and what being a neurodivergent engineer means to them.

Mikaela Sanchez Branded

Learn how we helped Mikaela get a diagnosis for ADHD so that she could pass her placement with confidence.

Stuart Redgard DWH Branded

Read Stuart's story of his experiences with Autism – and how his diagnosis helped him understand himself better.


Read Brian's story of how he got a diagnosis for dyslexia - but wishes the signs had been spotted sooner.