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You can boost the skills of your work­ers through a time-tested approach: apprenticeship. This helps newer employees benefit from those who have valuable skills and experience to share. At the same time, it improves learning by bridging the gap between ordinary training and daily work.

Two approaches to apprenticeship offer the flexibility to meet many training needs in today's workplace. In a buddy system, an apprentice works with a lead employee most of the time, while a training assignment challenges team members to work at the limit of his or her abilities. Here's how to put these techniques to work:

The buddy system. Let pairs of people—one experienced, one new to the team or assignment—work together for weeks, months or longer. Allow an adjustment period, and give each person the right to terminate the apprenticeship. But keep workable matches in place as long as they offer continued benefits.

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