A study of workplace pedagogies: the role of workplace mentors in business environments

Year: 1998

Author: Simons, Michele, Harris, Roger, Bone, John

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

One of the most significant outcomes of training reform that has taken place over the past decade has been the (re)claiming of the workplace as a legitimate learning environment. In line with the move to de-institutionalise training, the role of the workplace trainer/mentor has become increasingly important in the provision of quality, relevant and cost-effective training. The critical issue is to what extent workplace trainers/mentors are ready, willing and able to fulfil this role.

This paper will examine this issue in the light of research data gathered under a National Research and Evaluation Committee funded project during 1998 across three states (SA, NSW, Victoria) and three industries (property and business services, building and construction, and communication services).