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Apprentices' mentoring relationships: The role of 'significant others' and supportive relationships across the work-life domains

Corney, Tim ORCID: 0000-0002-1980-6835 and du Plessis, Karin (2010) Apprentices' mentoring relationships: The role of 'significant others' and supportive relationships across the work-life domains. Youth Studies Australia, 29 (3). pp. 18-26. ISSN 1038-2569 (print) 1839-4914 (online)

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Abstract

A study of 106 male apprentices working in the building and construction industry examined the occurrence of mentoring relationships. The results indicate that apprentices identify a range of mentors in their lives, predominantly in their personal lives, and that the majority of these relationships develop organically. In particular, apprentices value the psychosocial support that these mentoring relationships provide. Findings from the study support an expanded definition of mentoring to include significant others. Recommendations include encouraging the development of young working men’s social networks as a key factor in promoting social support and increasing apprentice retention.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: mentoring relationships, psychosocial support, social support, apprenticeships, young men, career development
Subjects: FOR Classification > 1608 Sociology
FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > College of Education
Depositing User: Ms Julie Gardner
Date Deposited: 12 May 2014 03:20
Last Modified: 06 May 2019 06:16
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/24851
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