Men­tor­ing a use­ful job tool

Pilbara News - - Opinion - Josh Stronach

For many young peo­ple, the tran­si­tion from school to work can be very daunting.

How­ever, men­tor­ing is prov­ing to be a use­ful tool in get­ting ap­pren­tices and trainees to suc­ceed.

Re­sults from a re­cent study com­mis­sioned by the Na­tional Cen­tre for Vo­ca­tional Ed­u­ca­tion Re­search showed more than 96 per­cent of ap­pren­tices who ac­cessed men­tor re­la­tion­ships avail­able in their work­place, found them to be use­ful for help­ing them set­tle into their new job/work rou­tine.

Ap­pren­tice­ship Sup­port Aus­tralia man­ager Lena Con­stan­tine said she be­lieved it was im­por­tant busi­nesses were ad­e­quately pre­pared to sup­port a young per­son en­ter­ing the work­force.

“Some young peo­ple ex­pe­ri­ence a cul­ture shock fac­tor when they step out of the school en­vi­ron­ment and into a work­place,” she said.

“Busi­nesses need to fos­ter a pos­i­tive re­la­tion­ship with young peo­ple. Clear com­mu­ni­ca­tion about their work re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and your ex­pec­ta­tions of them will as­sist them to feel more com­fort­able and con­fi­dent in this new en­vi­ron­ment.”

Ap­pren­tice­ship Sup­port Aus­tralia pro­vides sup­port to em­ploy­ers, ap­pren­tices and trainees, and their par­ents dur­ing the train­ing pe­riod through its Men­tor­ing and Ad­vi­sory ser­vice.

Hir­ing a young ap­pren­tice or trainee is a great op­por­tu­nity to gain an em­ployee who is ea­ger to learn, and who can bring fresh ideas to your busi­ness.

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