Selecting an apprentice mentor

The mentor can guide the apprentice through the training period

The mentor can guide the apprentice through the training period

Employers hiring apprentices should think about appointing mentors to help apprentices during their training. Choose a mentor who has had similar experiences to the apprentice; perhaps they once were an apprentice themselves.

Mentors will be on hand to offer the apprentice advice and information, and to work closely with both employer and apprentice to solve any problems which might jeopardise the apprentice’s learning.

Mentoring is especially important for young apprentices as it likely to be their first time in an office environment. A mentor should typically be able to:

  • Listen actively and give constructive feedback
  • Build rapport easily
  • Set realistic targets
  • Offer support and guidance
  • Be a good role model