For a successful apprenticeship, a number of people may need to be involved to support the learner. Here, Rubitek (@Rubiteks) CEO Kerry Linley takes a look at the roles required, including mentors and managers
The importance of mentors
The support that comes from mentoring forms an essential part of the planning and delivery of an apprenticeship. Mentors are best placed to share experiences, inspire a higher level of work performance, instil enthusiasm and ultimately strengthen the learning structure for an apprentice. A mentor should act, not just as a teacher, but as a first port of call, a confidant and, sometimes, even a friend. Above all else, a mentor should be a person who wants what’s best for the apprentice and consistently works towards this. However, the real mix of roles required may mean that the umbrella role of “mentor” does not fit exactly to any one person within an organisation – whether that be employee or training provider.
Following a speech on adult skills made by prime minister Boris Johnson in 2020, the chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak announced in his March 2021 budget a £7 million fund that will be made available to a number of new agencies set up to employ apprentices and place them with multiple employers under a new flexible apprentice sharing arrangement. In this article, Rubitek CEO Kerry Linley looks at what a flexi-job apprenticeship is and how they will work in practice.