Statistics have shown that, on average, apprentices who participate in a mentoring program are up to 15% more likely to complete their apprenticeship than those who do not have a mentor.
At BUSY At Work, we know how difficult it is for some apprentices to stay in their roles. That’s why we provide a unique industry mentoring program to apprentices. Qualified staff work in collaboration with industry groups to mentor over 2600 apprentices in skills shortage occupations throughout Queensland.
BUSY At Work Mentors work directly with apprentices, employers, parents and schools. The Mentors provide advice and dedicated support directly to apprentices on a regular basis to help them through their apprenticeship. The program not only benefits apprentices, but it's great for employers as well, many of whom do not have the time or experience to manage the issues that arise for young people.
At BUSY the program's success is due not only to having great Mentors that can relate to their apprentices but also to the face-to-face interaction between the Mentors, employers and apprentices.
Why is mentoring so important?
Current completion rates for some apprenticeships are as low as 50 per cent. Quite often young apprentices who have just stepped into the workforce struggle with things we take for granted. This can be as simple as travelling to work or their training provider, managing their personal budgets and even the best way to approach workplace issues. Having a Mentor as a sounding board is often all they need to ask the right questions and talk openly in a supportive environment.
BUSY's mentoring program is funded by the Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education through the Australian Apprenticeships Mentoring Package.
BUSY At Work will deliver the new mentoring program in addition to the services currently provided as an Australian Apprenticeships Centre.
If you’re interested in having your young apprentice mentored give BUSY a call today.