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.