Considering whether or not to take on an apprentice can be a challenging or daunting process, especially when you don’t know what to expect. BizSmart Select Member Nik Wall of LMPQ explains:
What is an apprentice?
Being an apprentice involves undertaking training alongside doing a job, and involves gaining recognised qualifications and essential skills whilst working and earning a wage. Applicants must be aged 16 or over and generally work on a day release basis. It can take between one and four years to complete an apprenticeship, depending on the level (there are four levels – intermediate, advanced, higher and degree).
Why take on an apprentice?
Some of the benefits of taking on an apprentice include:
- Reducing a skills shortage
- Cutting staff turnover
- Increasing productivity
- Apprentices can be popular with customers
- Good return on investment
- More reasonable wage costs compared with hiring graduates or experienced staff
- Free training
- No recruitment fee
What to look for when you take on an apprentice
When you are selecting your apprentice, you need to consider whether you are a good fit for each other. Will the candidate’s personality work well within your existing team? There are also practical considerations to take into account. How will the apprentice get to you? Is the commute time reasonable and are the costs realistic?
Consider the training provider carefully too. A good provider should vet candidates well and be helpful and friendly. They should be keen to help ensure that you get the right apprentice for you, rather than a company who are just focused on profits.
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