Providing a mentor for an apprentice can result in many benefits for your business. Hilary Mosedale, head of curriculum at HIT Training, offers some guidance
When it comes to apprentices in particular, mentors can have a big impact as they act as sounding boards and provide guidance to make sure apprentices have the resources and support they need to meet the requirements of their qualification.
Mentoring an apprentice can be demanding, as very often they are coming into their first job or a role in which they have little experience. Not having a mentor, or having an ineffective mentor-apprentice relationship, can potentially cause apprentices to lose their way and become disengaged, which could result in the failure of the apprenticeship programme or the apprentice leaving the business. When this happens, it has a wider knock-on effect to businesses, for example, by contributing to staff shortages and low staff morale.
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