Mentor scheme to help apprentices

A NEW States scheme has been launched to help young Islanders build rewarding careers and halve a 40 per cent drop-out rate among apprentices.

Apprentice Christopher Mollett (centre) with mentor Alan Williams and employer Derek Mollett from K and D Builders
Apprentice Christopher Mollett (centre) with mentor Alan Williams and employer Derek Mollett from K and D Builders

A NEW States scheme has been launched to help young Islanders build rewarding careers and halve a 40 per cent drop-out rate among apprentices.

Trackers, an Education initiative, will change the way apprentices are trained in Jersey and has been designed to provide over 120 apprenticeships over the next three years.

The programme, which used to be run by the Economic Development department, assigns each apprentice with a mentor who coaches them through the course and provides guidance and advice to the employer.

Speaking at the launch on Thursday night, the Education Minister said improving the apprenticeship system was crucial to the Island’s economic future.

Comments for: "Mentor scheme to help apprentices"

jerseythepartiesover

I wish it well, the idea does have a bit of a chance of working as it will not be run by civil servants who have probably never worked in the real world. The civil servants in the Economic Development Department may very well need mentoring by these apprentices next year can we arrange that as I have seen no inward investment in Jersey for at 10 years.

Trevor Collenette

Correct me if I'm wrong, I thought the basis of an apprenticeship was all about working alongside a mature experienced tradesman whose role was very much one of a mentor and trainer.

Employers are receiving a grant towards the training costs and in addition are now able to opt out of their mentoring role. Are tax payers receiving value?

I feel certain that there are many young people on the island who would jump at a chance of filling the 4 out of 10 places that are falling vacant.