Information for apprentices
You’re currently doing an apprenticeship in the STEM field in a Rhineland-Palatine business? You enjoy hands-on work like implementing and carrying out workshops and working with high school students?
Then you might enjoy being a mentor in the ALP. Here you can find a little FAQ.
What do mentors in the Ada-Lovelace-Projekt do?
Your main task is to offer workshops for weekend or holiday events that thematically fit into the STEM field, at best to your apprenticeship as well. This also means giving impulses and new perspectives for already implemented workshops or developing ideas for new workshops.
As a mentor you should first and foremost be a role model for the young girls and encourage them to pursue a STEM career. You can do this by talking about your own experiences, telling them what makes your apprenticeship special, why you’ve chosen it and which career plans you are pursuing. Through your stories as well as active insights into your day to day life as an apprentice you give the girls a first glance at everyday life in the job and show them which competences are needed for an apprenticeship.
In general, you’re supporting the mentees (female students from the 5th grade up) in their scholastic and career orientation phase and show them perspectives to enlargen their spectrum of job choices, especially in the STEM field.
What are the benefits for the mentors?
Of course your work as a mentor should first and foremost be fun for you and strengthen your self-confidence and capabilities. You’re expanding many work-relevant qualities, especially your coaching and leading competences. As a mentor you’re working rather independently and are responsible for the smooth flow of your workshops and efficient time management. By meeting and talking to other mentors and young girls who are at the beginning of their careers you can build a network that you can profit from later in life.
Furthermore, you can take advantage of the many trainings the Ada-Lovelace-Projekt offers to its mentors, i.e. on the topics of rhetoric, presentation, methods and didactics.
Are mentors compensated? How much time is required?
Yes, you get paid for your work in the Ada-Lovelace-Projekt. The project lead responsible for you can inform you about the amount of remuneration as well as time requirement.
Is my employer already partnered with the ALP?
You can find a list of all businesses that are already working with the Ada-Lovelace-Projekt here. If you can’t find your employer on the list you can ask the project lead responsible for you to get in touch with them.
How can I apply to become a mentor?
If you’re interested in becoming a mentor you can get in touch with one of the contact persons at the following locations:
- Stephanie Justrie at the University of Koblenz
- Makbule Engelhardt at the University of Kaiserslautern
- Verena Halfmann at the University of Mainz
They can advise and further inform you. For more general questions you can contact the Central Coordination Office in Koblenz.