Choosing the right mentor for your apprentice

For an apprenticeship to succeed, it is important that the business appoints a mentor to guide the apprentice throughout their learning.

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

A mentor should be patient and willing to listen actively, build rapport, set targets, offer guidance and be a good role model. Many businesses select someone who started as an apprentice themselves, so they have gone through the same experience and can relate on a more personal level.