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Try and find apprentices who have a genuine passion for your
industry then do all you can to nourish both them and their passion
Setting up an apprentice scheme isn't just good news for your
business – it's great for Australia's workforce. By teaching people
much-needed skills, you're giving your industry a better talent pool
to work with in the future.
That's not to say there are no short-term benefits. From increasing
productivity to motivating your team and boosting your bottom line,
apprentices can be a real boon for your business. Help your apprentice
thrive during their time with you and cash in the rewards.
Always match your apprentice to the right kind of mentor. You might
not be working with Celebrity Apprentice Australia-style divas, but
you do want to be confident that the teams you assign will be able to
work and learn together.
Always be aware of the training – or lack of training – your
apprentice will have had. Start with the safety basics and be prepared
to send your apprentice on more internal and external safety training
courses than you might for a regular employee who has already received
One of the best things about apprentices is the fact that most come
to you bursting with enthusiasm. Keep this going by always looking for
ways to motivate. Create a training plan with clear progression and
reward work done well.
Starting as an apprentice can be pretty nerve-wracking, especially
for someone who's never been in a working environment before. Smooth
the way by making sure all of your staff are well-prepared and ready
to welcome as well as guide your newcomer.
Keep spirits high by introducing a little fun into the working day,
but don't forget who's boss. To help your apprentice grow, they need
to respect you as well as enjoy working for you.
To really help your apprentice thrive, make sure you choose the right
one for the job. Celebrity chef Neil Perry actually started his career
as a hairdressing apprentice before realising his true calling and
dropping out in favour of restaurant work. Try and find apprentices
who have a genuine passion for your industry then do all you can to
nourish both them and their passion.
For help finding the right kind of candidates, get in touch with your
local TAFE and make connections with eager students.