Five ways to ensure that learnerships work
Learnerships help give young people access to the job market, and adding mentoring and coaching into the mix will ensure they are more than simple box-ticking exercises.
“We’ve seen how these mechanisms develop and nurture our learners, helping them gain greater self-confidence which allows them to seize opportunities,” says Rajan Naidoo, director of EduPower Skills Academy.
Mentorship and coaching are not the same as teaching and training. Training happens in the classroom, but mentoring and coaching take place when learners get to grips with their new skills under the guidance of an experienced instructor;
While learnerships have a fixed curriculum, mentoring can be much more fluid and adapt to meet the particular needs of learners;
Dynamic coaching and mentoring can ensure that learners are equipped with the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the workplace;
Along with technical skills, learners need to acquire the soft skills to help them cope at work, including time management, conflict resolution and communication; and
Most companies will battle to give each learner a mentor, but colleagues can become involved through peer-to-peer coaching. – Online
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