Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Apprentices need better mentors

By Kelly Lapointe

In order to ensure appropriate skills are transferred to the next-generation of skilled tradespeople, mentorship supports need enhancing and training plans must be developed, says a new report from the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF).

“The number one factor in whether or not apprentices continue with a trade is their journeyperson,” said CAF executive director Sarah Watts-Rynard.

“That really speaks strongly to the idea that for apprentices, that mentorship and that relationship is extremely important.”

The research in the report, Effective Journeyperson Apprentice Mentoring On-the-job: Tips, Strategies, and Resources, explores the idea of what makes a good mentor and best practices around successful apprenticeship practices. It is based on interviews with employers, journeypersons, apprentices and trainers.

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Asia Pacific Gateway Skills Table wishes to acknowledge the funding support from the Sector Council Program, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada and the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative led by Transport Canada.