Top tips for apprentice mentoring

What makes a good mentor?

What makes a good mentor?

When hiring apprentices, it is helpful to remember that they probably have little or no experience of employment or working in an office environment. They need additional support during their apprenticeship, and so assigning them to an older, more experienced employee can increase effectiveness and help them to settle into the business. This type of formal mentoring relationship is common in UK apprenticeship schemes. In fact, 77 percent of companies that have a mentoring program agree that mentoring improves job performance and employee retention.

  • The employer – It is your responsibility to find the right mentor. They should be passionate about teaching, be a good role model, and perform well at their job. Match them to a suitable apprentice by asking each what they expect of each other. Throughout the apprenticeship, employers should take it upon themselves to assess the relationship to evaluate the progress.
  • The mentor – You should provide support to the apprentice throughout their time with the company. Make clear the goals you expect of them. Be patient and willing to answer any questions the apprentice may have to assist their learning.
  • The apprentice – You have been given a great opportunity and so make the most of it by showing initiative, getting to know people, and asking questions. Maintain a positive, can-do attitude and learn from your mentor.