There are many elements that must come together and work in harmony before an apprenticeship training program is able to achieve the results that stakeholders demand of it. At the Academy, we place a great deal of emphasis on engaging with all parties who will play a role in training, supporting and encouraging the apprentice.
We want all members of this ‘learning community’ to be as involved as possible and share both the pain and the gain; because in the end, we all benefit when the apprentice finally emerges as a professional tradesperson. For example, store owners get return business and word-of-mouth referrals, manufacturers get less credit claims and complaints, and trainers get the satisfaction of being able to ‘give back’ to the industry by passing on their skills and trade secrets.
The apprentice’s learning community includes:
- their workplace trainer – most likely their supervisor, who takes the lead role in providing on-the-job instruction and guidance during their day-to-day work
- their employer – who makes the commitment to investment in their development and provide them with the opportunity to learn and practise new skills in the workplace
- specialist trainers at the Academy who provide additional tuition and support during the residential workshops, master classes and other training programs
- Choices Flooring alliance partners – the product manufacturers and distributors who provide in-depth training and technical advice at the workshops and master classes
- Academy staff – including national training mentors, regional training managers and administration staff, who monitor their progress and provide
- National Apprenticeship Training Council members who guide the direction of the Academy.
- their family – for apprentices whose immediate family members form part of their support circle, provide moral support and help with practical arrangements
For more details on the main players in the learning community, please follow the links below.