4 - The trainer

 Training is more than instructions

The trainer plays an important role for the apprentice - a role that goes beyond professional expertise. This gives you a kind of power - and you decide what to make of it.

As a trainer you alternate between:

  • Instructing
  • Observing
  • Correcting
  • Being imitated
  • Asking the apprentice for independent solutions
  • Doing presentations for groups of apprentices

You need to be a role model. This implies internalising the ‘lifelong learning’ principle – only by regular improvement of your own skills and knowledge you can teach correctly. Learn more about this in module 10.

To get an idea of the trainer’s role in general and what coaching is about, read these guidelines.

 The trainer - more than a good skilled worker

Trainers have certain legal responsibilities.

These include  your own past and present behaviour, handling substance abuse and all interactions with the apprentice, other colleagues or authorities.

Your position implies rights as well as duties. Your conduct should always be correct – for example in terms of working hours or infringements of regulations. Trainers need to be well informed about the specific legal rules and regulations of their own country.

See for example the German Vocational Training Act

A trainer also needs to practice his/her trainer's role.
For example imparting knowledge and skills:

  • In an appropriate way
  • At the right moment
  • Adapted to the individual apprentice's abilities

4 - The trainer