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AdA International "Train the Trainer": Changing a life, building a future

13.07.2018 - Article

As much as companies want to invest in South Africans and contribute to the dream of Radical Economic Transformation, many of these companies do not have the time or resources to train up young, skilled workers.

Train the Trainer Workshop
Train the Trainer Workshop© Thomas Köhler/photothek.net

Even those that can spare the money and time still find themselves confronted with this obstacle: a lack of knowledgeable and understanding mentors to successfully impart the training curriculum to apprentices while keeping them motivated to pursue a specific profession. These young apprentices need a mentor or trainer. But who trains the trainer?

As part of its Competence Centre for CSR and Training, the Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCCI) offers AdA International “Train the Mentor” programme, the highest international certification for apprenticeship mentors accredited by the German Foreign Chambers of Commerce (AHKs), and the German Association of Chambers (DIHK).

On July 11 2018, the SAGCCI hosted the first mentor training, which was led by Dr. Daniel Büttner, a leading partner for the worldwide “Train the Trainer” programme and Corporate Learning Consultant. He has trained all over the world, e.g. in Germany, America and India. This training will be taught from July 11-27 2018 and will culminate in an examination, after which successful attendees will receive their certification.

About 18 AHKs in Europe, America, and Asia are already training up company mentors according to the German dual-vocational model and the “AdA International Trainer” concept. This comprehensive training ensures that companies and colleges have mentors with the theoretical know-how and practical knowledge needed to train young professionals successfully and build a professionally skilled workforce for the future.

©AHK South Africa

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