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If your business needs skilled staff, maybe it's time you considered
offering an apprenticeship.
While apprenticeships are common in certain industries, many business
owners fail to realise that the solution to their staffing issues
could be starting an apprenticeship program. Apprenticeships are
already offered in over 500 occupations, so there is likely to be one
well suited to your business's needs.
While it's unwise to institute an apprenticeship program simply to
cut labour costs, it's true that apprenticeships offer a range of
financial benefits to employers. Apprentices are usually paid modestly
throughout the course of their apprenticeship and the federal
government encourages employers to take on apprentices by helping to
cover the costs of them doing so.
If you're considering an apprenticeship program, make sure to
investigate funding sources such as Apprenticeship Kickstart
Initiative, which is available at the beginning of 2013. There may
also be incentives on offer if you take on an Indigenous Australian as
don't have to involve a four-year-long commitment. In fact, within
certain limits, they can be as undemanding or intense as you're
willing to enter into. Australian apprenticeships are offered at all
levels, from Certificate I through to Advanced Diploma. What's more,
you can engage an apprentice part-time while they are still at school
and even share an apprentice with another business.
While governments try to make it as easy as possible for employers to
take on apprentices, the fact is you're still entering into an
employment contract with another person with all the legal issues that
entails. Before going any further, find out what your responsibilities
will be to your apprentice and what their responsibilities will be to you.
You can source an apprentice anywhere, from visiting your local
Australian Apprenticeships Centre to advertising in the paper.
However, one of the most efficient ways is to get in touch with your
local TAFE NSW
Campus. They will most likely be able to connect you up with
plenty of students eager to get an apprenticeship, and will also be
able to help design a training program suited to the specific needs of
[quote]Apprenticeships aren't just for tradespeople anymore, so if
your business needs skilled staff, maybe it's time you considered