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ASE, S/P2 to Offer Workplace Mentoring Program

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Feb. 28, 2018—The ASE Foundation is launching a workplace mentoring program for the automotive repair and service sector, designed to help businesses identify and train their service personnel to become mentors, Tire Business reports.

The foundation—formerly known as NATEF—is teaming with U Inc.'s S/P2 division to develop and distribute the Workplace Mentoring System, which offers online courses covering the roles of the three key players—the mentor, the mentee and the manager.

The courses explain the roles and responsibilities of a mentor and a mentee, as well as laying out the responsibilities of the manager who should oversee the mentor-mentee relationship. It includes content from choosing the mentor and hiring the mentee, to handling business decisions such as pay plans and tool issues.

"Mentoring is an essential component of a successful 'grow your own' employee process," Trish Serratore, president of the ASE Education Foundation, said.

"S/P2 has created an online mentoring program that…allows the instructor to be involved, to monitor and to be a resource. We see this opportunity to team up with S/P2 as a way to help the industry grow the next generation of technicians, both in the classroom and in the shop."

The next steps for the groups are to integrate the ASE Education Foundation tasks into the Workplace Mentoring System and to develop a pricing model for accredited and non-accredited programs and ASE Education Foundation partners.

In addition, the development of downloadable, customizable task lists, as well as mentoring tracking via computer, tablet, or phone, is under way.

Overland Park-based S/P2 provides online training anually to more than 175,000 workers and students nationwide on industry-specific safety and pollution prevention, ethics, soft skills and human resources topics, as well as an online workplace mentoring program for the automotive industry.

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