Developing a mentoring programme in the chemical industry

Marta Santos (Faculdade de Psicologia e de Ciências da Educação, Universidade do Porto, Porto, Portugal)
Cláudia Pereira (Faculdade de Psicologia e de Ciências da Educação, Universidade do Porto, Porto, Portugal)
Daniel Silva (Faculdade de Psicologia e de Ciências da Educação, Universidade do Porto, Porto, Portugal)
Maria Antónia Cadilhe (Faculdade de Psicologia e de Ciências da Educação, Universidade do Porto, Porto, Portugal)
Liliana Cunha (Faculdade de Psicologia e de Ciências da Educação, Universidade do Porto, Porto, Portugal)

Journal of Workplace Learning

ISSN: 1366-5626

Publication date: 19 March 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to analyse a programme designed to welcome and train new employees, implemented in a chemical industry, privileging the transmission of know-how as a dynamic process where learning is co-constructed in the course of the activity.

Design/methodology/approach

The design of the programme was based on the analysis of the work performed in real context by operators and supervisors. The data about the programme’s evaluation were collected by questionnaire, assessing the trainees’ global development and the impact of the training programme (after six months).

Findings

This paper involves designing, planning and implementing “4 × 4 Training”, a training programme for young trainees. Combining in-class training with an extensive component of on-the-job mentoring, the programme involved trainees, mentors and internal trainers, monitored by work psychologists. The results show both the trainees and the mentors evaluate the programme positively. The professional transmission stands out as an activity that is thought through and defined in group, assisted by a mentoring relationship of mutual learning.

Practical implications

When planning and developing intergenerational transmission processes, it is crucial to consider the organisational conditions, to involve from an early stage the key players of each work situation and to guarantee that the mentoring activity and the productive activity overlap coherently.

Originality/value

It is an innovative process to integrate trainees in the chemical industry in Portugal. The methodological approach and the findings provide a first framework that justifies the relevance of the transmission of know-how through a real work situation.

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Citation

Santos, M., Pereira, C., Silva, D., Cadilhe, M. and Cunha, L. (2019), "Developing a mentoring programme in the chemical industry", Journal of Workplace Learning, Vol. 31 No. 1, pp. 42-58. https://doi.org/10.1108/JWL-09-2017-0081

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