Whether it’s your first time, or you’ve worked with many before, taking on an electrical apprentice is a big decision. You’re committing to ongoing training over four years, which is a long-term investment of your time and resources – so the big question is, is it worth it?
An apprentice can bring a huge amount of value to your electrical business right from the start, as their enthusiasm to learn can boost the motivation of everyone in the team. However, the true value often lies in the longer-term benefits, as once they’re qualified, they become a real asset to your business.
So, if you’re on the fence about recruiting an apprentice and wondering whether doing so will bring ROI, read on to find out why it’s a smart move – in both the short and longer term.
You gain a future expert in your business
From day one with your apprentice, you have a unique opportunity to train them from the ground up, not only in all areas of electrical work, but also in how you like things done. Their training will give them a broad understanding of the trade and they get to back up what they learn on the job with theory and school-based practical tasks that reinforce and broadens their skills in the areas that matter most. This means that by the end of the four years (or sometimes before) they will know your business inside out, will be a skilled and competent electrician, and potentially, a future leader.
Finding and keeping the right person is a good investment
Ask any employer to list the hardest thing about being in business and ‘finding the right people’ would no doubt be right up there – followed closely by keeping them! When it comes to hiring, going it alone is not easy. However, when you take on an electrical apprentice, you don’t have to. For example, when you partner with us via our Apprentice Management Program, we’ll take care of the recruitment process and find you an apprentice of the highest calibre that’s a good fit for your needs. We’ll manage the induction, payroll and OH&S, and will provide ongoing mentoring and support to give your apprentice the very best chance of a long and successful career with your business. This allows you to focus on the important stuff, and saves you the hassle and expense of managing the recruitment process.
Fresh perspectives lead to business growth
When an apprentice joins the team, the enthusiasm of your newest recruit boosts the morale of your existing staff. Plus, when your employees are involved in helping your apprentice learn and develop new skills, it provides everyone with an added dose of motivation to do their best every day. On top of this, if you have mature members of staff who can pass on their knowledge about the business and electrical trade to the apprentice, you’ll retain and build on this valuable knowledge for many years to come.
The right apprentice is a game changer
When the right apprentice joins your team, there is great value to be found for both parties. The apprentice gets to launch their career in an exciting industry and you gain a committed, long-term employee who could potentially become a key figure in your business. And when you partner with an organisation who handpicks candidates that are just the right fit, and takes care of all the paperwork and behind the scenes stuff, you can’t go wrong!
Like to find out more about how our Apprentice Management Program works? Or have a question about hiring an electrical apprentice? Our friendly team would love to help! Simple get in touch on 03 9381 1922 or post a comment below.