The task of the supervisor is to create the right conditions for on-the-job learning.
- Benefit and commit. Make sure that your work community is committed to tutoring the student. Also, think of what you might get from tutoring the student. Identify the benefits of the training partnership to your company.
- Ensure the opportunities for learning. With the teacher and the workplace tutor, make sure that it is possible for the student to carry out work tasks required by the learning objectives and the qualification. Think of how the student may be of help in everyday operations and tasks.
- Ensure the success of the tutoring. Identify the tasks related to tutoring. Select a workplace tutor and make sure that he/she has time and opportunities for tutoring within his/her own work. Support the workplace tutor in his/her role.
- Share the tutoring task among the work community. Inform the work community in advance about the student and the workplace tutor. Agree on how the work community can support the workplace tutor by participating in the tutoring.
- Collect the benefits of tutoring skills. Benefit from the skills of the teacher, the services offered by the educational institute and see the rewards of having a skilled workplace tutor in your company.
Instruction is today’s professionalism. As a supervisor, ensure that the work tasks of the workplace tutor have been planned so that he/she can carry them out within his/her own work day. If the person receiving tutoring is young, it should be taken into account that he/she needs closer guidance than a more experienced worker does. If the workplace tutor does not work in your own organisation, agree on the arrangements with his/her superior.
In addition to tutoring, the workplace tutor needs time for the planning of the student’s studies, orientation, workplace visits by the teacher, the assessment of learning and regular guidance sessions with the student.