Mentoring young people
Mentoring is a great way to turn your work experience student into a future star for your business, saving you from skill shortages and recruitment costs. It’s also necessary if you want your apprentice to turn into a well-skilled and long-term member of your staff.
When you mentor you also develop your leadership skills, increase morale in your workplace and reduce turnover.
Mentoring can be as simple as a career conversation, or more involved, such as work shadowing or management training.
When to mentor
You can mentor young people:
- at school with a careers advisor
- while they are on work experience with you
- while they are on an apprenticeship or working with you.
Before you start, figure out what your mentoring goals are.
Do you want to help them:
- develop their employability skills?
- learn about roles in your industry?
- learn about how to develop?
- improve their technical skills?
- build better relationships?
- get to the next level?
Who can help
For information and guidance on mentoring and career development, talk to:
- your local school's career advisor
- Work and Income
Find out more
Careers New Zealand website
Updated 25 Jan 2019