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​Value of Mentorship: …to an apprentice

27/06/2016 Sophie

When it comes to giving an apprentice the skills and knowledge to complete their job role proficiently, you can’t rely on training alone. Just like any other new recruit, there needs to be a framework of onboarding in place that supports your apprentices every step of the way.

This is where the value of mentorship comes into play. Not only will a mentorship program help your apprentices feel more at ease in the workplace, it can also reduce the time it takes for them to get up to speed with the organisation’s objectives while simultaneously increasing their on-the-job expertise.

Even though it goes without saying that these merits will be advantageous to the organisation as a whole, the mentors themselves can also garner a great deal from this arrangement too.

How the apprentice benefits from mentorship

Despite the fact mentors are a good idea in any workplace, they carry greater influence for apprentices. After all, the vast majority of apprentices won’t have experienced the world of work yet, which can be quite an intimidating and scary place at first.

However, a mentor can reassure and support thanks to years of experience and an in-depth understanding of the daily routine. Mentors should avoid performing an apprentice’s duties and are advised not to paint a utopian-looking picture of what work is like, but they can dispel any fears, assist with common problems, and constructively critique work.

In addition to assisting with regular responsibilities, mentors can also provide tips on career growth and introduce apprentices to fellow colleagues, thus encouraging better communication and further cooperation.

How the company benefits from mentorship

Setting up a mentorship program might seem like a time-consuming process, but you can reap several far-reaching rewards by doing so.

First of all, the increased speed in which apprentices will become competent employees can lead to greater productivity. On top of that, apprentices will make fewer mistakes on the job, which can eliminate or at least reduce any losses.

But perhaps most significantly, a mentorship program should result in a much more positive working environment. Apprentices can enjoy great job satisfaction and will no doubt be more likely to stay at the company for many years to come.

How the mentor benefits from mentorship

It isn’t just the apprentice and organisation that can benefit from mentorship. In fact, you might find that the employees who are chosen or even volunteered to become a mentor will grow and get better too.

The opportunity to teach and advice can give mentors an immense amount of self-confidence and even increase their own job satisfaction as well. They may also develop a better understanding of employee issues, which can be addressed and amended for the good of the company.

What’s more, mentors can improve their supervisory and communication skills, so when another apprentice joins, they will be in an even better position to advice and assist accordingly.

The value of mentorship

With the new apprenticeship levy, employers can choose from a range of training providers to prepare and prime raw recruits for what the world of work entails. But in many respects, this process should be kick-started with an in-house initiative, such as a mentorship program.

For the reasons listed above, it can markedly improve your apprenticeship’s abilities while also boosting operational objectives and overall employee well-being.