Apprenticeships are becoming increasingly popular with employers and young people alike. If you are employing apprentices, or are thinking about hiring one, take a look at these five tips to ensure that you get the best from them.
Teach the apprentice skills which support the long term needs of your business or the sector you work in. You want to avoid the apprenticeship becoming short term, as this will effect the apprentices morale.
Think about quality, not quantity. Rather than taking on a whole workforce of apprentices and not being able to invest much time in them individually, hire just a few and deliver a high quality scheme will be more useful in the long run. The apprenticeship scheme is all about tailored learning and therefore it’s crucial you find a sizeable amount of time to invest in your apprentices each week.
Be supportive. Actively support and encourage the apprentice’s study and have regular meetings to see how they are getting on. Allow them to express there views, bring new ideas to the table and develop within the company. You never know you maybe moulding your next company director!
It’s about lifelong learning. Apprenticeships aren’t just for school leavers; you can use the scheme to train up current employees. Got 20 staff members? Need them all to be qualified for in business administration? That can be done! The possibility are endless.
Commit to the scheme. Having a long term programme which develops real skills is important. Don’t think about your apprentice as short term cheap labour but as a full-time employee, essential to the business.
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