3 Reasons to Invest in Skills Based Mentoring
By Nicholas Wyman
At any given time, my organization represents 600 to 700 apprentices in mentored skills based programs. It’s been personally rewarding to witness just how empowering mentorship can be for trainees, mentors, and companies alike. 82% of apprentices in our programs complete trade certifications and go on to earn progressive wage increases and promotions within the companies that trained them. Mentorship is a cornerstone of these programs and a big factor in their success.
Why is this so important now?
As Baby Boomers reach retirement age, many industries are facing a loss of skilled workers. At the same time, the pace of technological change demands that today’s workers acquire new skills rapidly and continue to upgrade their skills while on the job.
Rather than waiting, possibly in vain, for a job-ready candidate to walk through the door, employers can recruit promising talent and build up candidates’ skills with on-site training and professional development.
Mentoring is an important part of a successful skill building program. As a management tool, it is one of the most effective ways to transfer organizational knowledge as well as job-specific skills. Unlike more traditional supervisory management, mentoring creates a climate of support, guidance, and teaching that boosts employee engagement and productivity.
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