Mentoring an Apprentice: a guide for employers
In our time delivering apprenticeships we’ve seen examples of every level of support for our apprentices - from absolutely outstanding support and coaching from qualified coaching and mentoring staff right through to the employer who thinks it's fine to leave a 16 year old unattended in a shop with almost no guidance and where anyone could walk in!
Employing an apprentice is a fantastic way for an employer to introduce new talent to their organisation but it’s also a significant commitment. We’ve learned from experience that it works so much better if the apprentice is well supported in the workplace as well as by their BOOM Training tutor.
It would be completely natural to think that employing an apprentice is broadly speaking like employing any other employee. And in some respects it is - they are employees after all, and employers have every right to expect apprentices to behave and act in accordance with their staff policies and procedures.
However, there are some important aspects in which it is different and preparing for these can have a huge impact on improving the experience.
So we’ve published a Guide for employers which we very much hope will be helpful in ensuring that the apprenticeship journey is as smooth as possible for both the employer and the apprentice. We hope you find it useful and, as always, we’d welcome your feedback on it.
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