According to a recent blog by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical education, every apprentice needs a workplace mentor - someone there every day who understands and supports their learning and development needs, and the concerns that go along with settling into a new role. Mentors can use their learned experience to help an apprentice thrive throughout their apprenticeship and in turn the apprentice will contribute more value to the business. Ensuring that mentoring works for apprentices is a topic that has come up in recent employer discussions at the University of Nottingham so we’re taking the opportunity to explore this important feature of a successful apprenticeship.
The session was facilitated by Cyrielle Mevel who is leading the development of the University of Nottingham’s mentoring programme. Cyrielle is joined by a panel of partner employers and apprentices who will share their experience and advice on mentoring in apprenticeship programmes.
Cyrielle Mevel, Learning and Development Manager, University of Nottingham
Cyrielle has worked as part of the University of Nottingham Careers and Employability Service for the last 10 years, and more specifically a part of the employability award team as well as a careers adviser. She recently joined the organisation and people team and now manages the university staff mentoring scheme.
Maria Glynn, HR Project Manager, BPD
Maria’s career has focused on education and development in the architectural and engineering sectors. Maria is passionate about helping young people advance their careers through learning. In 2011 she picked up the baton to recruit apprentices, the first of whom joined the building services engineering team the following year. She believes professional careers should be open to everyone and that apprenticeships help attract, develop and retain a meaningful and diverse workforce. Maria is a longstanding active member of TAC (Technical Apprenticeship Consortium), the CEETG (Civil Engineering Employees Training Group) and a judge for CIBSE Apprentice of the Year.
Dawn Gallacher, Apprenticeship Programme Manager, Severn Trent
Dawn is the Apprenticeship Programme Manager for Severn Trent and looks after over 36 different programmes with over 200 apprentices. Dawn has worked in the new talent space for 5 years, before which she managed teams of various sizes, from big call centres to small teams managing critical processes, for the gas industry. Although it’s taken a while to find her way into Learning and Development, Dawn has always been passionate about people and their development and feels privileged to be part of Severn Trent's apprentices' growth journeys and to see the difference they are making in terms of diversity, community and bringing innovative thinking to the organisation.
Ryan Horsnall, Operations Team Leader, First Response Finance
Ryan has worked in a variety of roles within the business over the last 8 years, including managing the Learning & Development Team and mentoring/supporting apprentices. He was a degree apprentice himself and worked as an early careers mentor for 4 years. Ryan was a finalist for Mentor of the Year at the 2022 Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Apprenticeship Awards.
Ali Amin, National Apprenticeship of the Year Award Winner 2022
Ali is currently an Electro-Mechanical (Mechatronics) Engineer with Shawpak (Riverside Medical Group) based in Derby. Ali’s role is in the area of Design, Program and Test Medical Machinery. Ali is currently undertaking a Level 6 Electro-Mechanical Degree Apprenticeship at the University of Nottingham. Ali also helps guide new apprentices within his workplace as an Apprentice Mentor and has recently been invited to join the National Apprenticeship Ambassador Network, where he helps to promote apprenticeships and the growth of the technical sector throughout the country. Ali previously completed his Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Mechanical/Electrical/Maintenance & Technical Engineering as an Operations Engineering Technician
Cyrielle is joined by our panel of apprentice employers and one of our current apprentices to share their experience of mentoring in their various organisations and what works for them. Topics covered include:
- What is mentoring?
- What are the skills needed to become a good mentor/mentee?
- How can mentoring help your apprentices and your organisation?
- What may a mentee want? What do you want as an organisation/potential mentor?
- What are the practicalities of setting up a mentoring scheme?
- How to measure success?
Who is this webinar for?
This webinar is designed for workforce development professionals and line managers / mentors of current apprentices, or those considering employing apprentices in the future, who would like to learn more about the mentoring role in apprenticeships.
Please note that this webinar is not designed for current or potential apprentices.