‘Buddy’ schemes offer new workers the best chance of success

a new trainee a ‘buddy’ (a more experienced trainee who befriends them) or
mentor, will make it more likely that the they will attain their work-based
qualifications, according to a new study.

Learning at Work, a national report published by the Adult Learning
Inspectorate (ALI), looks at effective methods for guiding people through
work-based learning.

found that there are 280,000 people in publicly-funded work-based training in England,
often in the form of a modern apprenticeship or as part of an NVQ

learners are usually aged between 16 and 25 and without good quality learning
at work they can become demotivated and give up – becoming unemployed or
drifting from one unskilled job to another.

examples of good practice include regular long- and short-term goal setting,
offering learners challenges that develop their skills and confidence, and
training that has been well planned.

Hatton, inspector with the ALI and author of the report said: "Simple
changes to the way a young person training is handled can make all the
difference between them [attaining] their qualifications and giving up at an
early stage."

By Michael Millar

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