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Apprenticeship Consultants direct apprenticeship training programs, facilitating the process for both apprentices and mentors. They make the jumbled state and federal policies and standards that govern training programs understandable for them. By providing them with information and assistance, Apprenticeship Consultants get them through the bureaucratic red tape and on their way to a successful working relationship.
As an Apprenticeship Consultant, once you’ve found an appropriate mentor-apprentice relationship, you make regular visits to the worksite to ensure that the training program is up to standards. If either the trainer or trainee is unhappy or complains of not getting what they expected, it’s your job to step in and resolve the situation. You hold private meetings with both in order to solve problems and promote the program.
You might suggest new ways of operating, such as a new approach to learning or teaching. Or, you might change the program entirely to adapt to the needs of each, or to comply with policies and requirements.
You’re also in charge of developing new training programs, and finding and recruiting trainees. Suggestions for new programs are submitted to you on a regular basis, and you sift through the options and investigate new possibilities. If you see potential in a new program, you visit the worksite, and make sure that the facilities and Supervisors are up to government standards.
Additionally, you aid in disputes over wages, work hours, and supervision. The job entails some paperwork as well in the form of progress reports that you submit to your company’s management.