As an Apprenticeships provider, we are on a huge and challenging journey into a new market place and everyone has been really open and honest about the challenges that brings. However, everyone I have spoken to is able to look past that, find positive solutions and see “what good looks like.” It’s not just the attitudes that have been positive but it’s been the actions and steps we have and continue to take as a business, including:
• ensuring we recruited the right talent
• consistently seeking feedback from our employers and partners – and when that isn’t what we expect, making the changes and tailoring our approach to make sure it’s correct for our customers
• being open to challenging situations, asking for opinions and advice on how to improve and sharing positive next steps
• reflecting but not dwelling on what’s already happened – analyse, learn (positive step) and move on.
In a nutshell, positive leadership and mentoring builds trust and enables teams the space to trial and improve, allows mistakes in order to learn and increases employee engagement. That creates a great working environment that generates growth. This is why we will be running an in house training session for the Apprenticeships team in mentoring and coaching, to celebrate National Mentoring Day 2018. It is a chance for the team to offer peer support and learn from each other. We believe peer mentoring is crucial to building strong teams and sharing best practice, and it also enables the entire Apprenticeships team to offer the same support and training to the employers we work with across England.
With many businesses now utilising their levy, there has never been a greater need to have mentors in place. Any form of training and development, during and after, needs ongoing nurturing to keep up the good results it can yield. Training providers can begin and coach through this process but there is more and more emphasis on employers to continue the good work and with the mentoring and leadership workshops offered at Working Links, we can support leaders and managers to prepare for this.
Dan Cook - Head of Key Accounts, Apprenticeships
For more information on how your business can benefit from these workshops, contact us