The Apprentice Buddy System
Q) What is a Buddy System?
A Buddy System is when people are paired together for mutual safety & assistance.
Q) What is a Buddy?
- A Buddy is someone who will provide you with informal support and social networking in the department, team and college
- A starting point for general queries
- A Buddy helps with communication so you don't feel on your own
- Is someone who shares the benefits of their experience with you
Q) Why are we introducing this to the Apprentices?
- To support you at work and college by allocating an existing apprentice as your Buddy
- To welcome you into the apprentice scheme and college
- Provide you with information on how the scheme works and what to expect
Q) What does a Buddy do?
- Gives you a quick answer to questions regarding work and college
- Can help with any college issues you have
- Support you in the workplace and college
- Advise you of things to look out for
- Familiar face
- Show you round the workshop/building
- Introduce you to people you might not come into contact with as part of your role, but who you are likely to bump into around the office
Q) What does a buddy not do?
- Doesn't tackle issues relating to your training, performance standards or arrangements for personal appointments during working hours
- They do not over rule the decision of the Apprentice Mentor or Workshop Supervisor
- They may train you on certain areas if you are working in the same workshop, however, this will be under the instruction of the Workshop Supervisor
Going forward you will have a quarterly review with your Apprentice Mentor.
The purpose of this review is to:
- Review your college work and feedback
- Review your conduct and attendance at work and college during the previous 3 months
- Give you feedback from your work placement
- Opportunity for you to discuss any issues you may have
- Identify areas for development
- Discuss your next work placement