Hiring an apprentice? Thinking about taking your team to the next level? This guide is for you:
1. View an apprenticeship as a long term investment. Ensure that you have plans in place to mentor, manage and train your apprentice so that both parties can reap the benefits. It takes two to tango so ensure that as a business you have an apprentice who supports you but also your support your apprentice.
2. Invest time in the interview process. Rather than hire the first person that walks through the door, think about the type of person you need to fit into the company and ask relevant questions to find out if they are suitable. Always find someone who believes in your ethos, your environment and ultimately the product you have to offer.
3. Favour mind set over skill set. Skills can be taught, after all. If their mind set doesn’t suit that of the company, there are rough seas ahead. Remember many young apprentices (16-24) won’t have a huge skill set, and therefore make sure they have a strong willingness to work and good ethics and then focus on the skills
4. Select an apprenticeship programme which best matches your needs. Always think 6-12 months down the line because companies change and so do jobs and therefore you wouldn’t want an apprentice sitting a level 2 hospitality when actually they’re in a business administration environment.
5. Bear in mind that apprenticeships are a learning process. The apprentice will pick things up along the way. Be patient, meet regularly to check their progress and provide support when necessary.