BlogFriday 04 Nov 2016

Need an apprentice? Take our quiz to decide if you’re business is ready

Are you ready for an apprentice? Apprenticeships and traineeships (known as Australian Apprenticeships) offer benefits for business . Part of being ready for an apprentice is preparing for recruitment, induction and management. Take North Coast TAFE’s quiz to see if your business is ready for the next step.

Understanding your business needs

Understanding what you need from the role means the best experience for you and an apprentice.

  1. Has your business hired an apprentice before?
  2. Have all the apprentices hired by your business completed their apprenticeships?
  3. Does your business have the ability to commit to an on-going employment contract with the apprentice for the 3-4 year term of apprenticeship?
  4. Do you have the ability to invest time in your apprentice to train, even when the workplace is busy?
  5. Do you understand the (Commonwealth financial incentives) financial help available for employers to employ an apprentice?
  6. Will you work together with your registered training organisation on customised training programs?

If you answered YES to all questions, move on to Getting ready to recruit.

If you answered NO to a question, contact North Coast TAFE to discuss how we can help.

Getting ready to recruit

Paying attention to the recruitment process assist with finding the right person for the job and your workplace.

  1. Have you written a job description listing the apprentice’s specific roles and responsibilities?
  2. Can you explain your expectations of the role, and benefits of joining your business?
  3. Have your prepared interview questions and assessments?
  4. Have you considered recruiting an existing staff member for an apprenticeship?
  5. Have you asked your local registered training organisation if they have students suitable for the role?

If you answered YES to all questions, move on to Introducing an apprentice to the workplace.

If you answered NO to a question, make a note of it and contact North Coast TAFE to discuss how we can help.

Introducing an apprentice to the workplace

Planning a proper induction program helps an apprentice settle in to the workplace.

  1. Do you have an induction plan ready to introduce the apprentice to the workplace?
  2. Does the plan include workplace health and safety?
  3. Does the plan include HR information that clearly explains payroll and what to do if you are experiencing issues
  4. Will you have a structured training program to learn new skills across the business?

If you answered YES to all questions, move on to Managing, developing and supporting an apprentice.

If you answered NO to a question, make a note of it and contact North Coast TAFE to discuss how we can help.

Managing, developing and supporting an apprentice

Hiring an apprentice is just the beginning.

  1. Will you team the apprentice up with a mentor to help them learn and interact in the workplace?
  2. Are you prepared to take a personal interest in their development and regular communication? 
  3. Will the apprentice have a performance and development plan to track their progress?
  4. If there are issues with attendance or mental health, do you know how to address them and get help if you need it?

If you answered YES to all questions, you might be ready to get a new apprentice for your business.

If you answered NO to a question, make a note of it and contact North Coast TAFE to discuss how we can help.

Are you ready to go?

If your business is ready for an apprentice, congratulations. Talk to your local training provider about getting started.

If you’re not sure your business is ready, contact North Coast TAFE and we can help. 

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