Taking on an apprentice is an important element of many industries, but the process isn’t as simple as you might think. In fact, signing up an apprentice and managing their workload can take a significant amount of time, impacting a contractor’s ability to complete other projects and work to their normal standards.
Fortunately, there’s an easy solution. By outsourcing everything from recruitment to paperwork, contractors are able to enjoy the best of both worlds, by getting all of the benefits of an apprentice without any of the red tape. In this article, we take a closer look at apprentice employment management in Australia, and why outsourcing is the way to go.
There are all sorts of different steps involved in signing up an apprentice before they arrive to work.
How to sign up an apprentice
Before we look at the benefits of outsourcing apprentice recruitment, employment and management, it’s vital to understand exactly what’s involved in the process. Many contractors assume that once they’ve found the right apprentice, all they’ll need to do is show them the ropes on site. This couldn’t be further from the truth as there are all sorts of different steps involved in signing up an apprentice before they arrive to work.
These include medical and basic skills training as well as induction and government reporting, and the time taken to properly complete all of these steps can have a negative effect on other areas of a contractor’s day-to-day. Moving forward, there’s still a high level of ongoing management required in order to meet the obligations of taking on an apprentice, including paying wages, providing career guidance, supervision and meeting educational standards.
With so much associated work, it’s easy to see why many contractors instead choose to outsource the essential management of their apprentices.
Why outsource apprentice employment management
The most important benefit to outsourcing apprentice employment management is that it eliminates the need for contractors to worry about the red tape that comes with taking on an apprentice. We all know that time is money, and this is particularly true in the trades where there’s often a pressure to get jobs done by a specific deadline.
This is where streamlined apprentice management can be of value. Firstly, contractors won’t have to worry about the schooling and associated profiling, and secondly, they’ll have access to a trained apprentice who can help them work faster.
The daunting process of simply recruiting and signing up an apprentice can be a barrier that prevents contractors from accessing talented apprentices.
Not only does outsourcing apprentice employment management give contractors more time to focus on the work that they enjoy and are good at, it also makes the entire process that much less stressful. Nobody likes dealing with endless paperwork, and the daunting process of simply recruiting and signing up an apprentice can be a barrier that prevents contractors from accessing talented apprentices who would be able to help them.
Finally, outsourcing apprentice employment management through NECA Education & Careers doesn’t just cover the basics of the process. Our team also provides additional mentoring and careers guidance to apprentices, ensuring that they’re getting the best possible education, even when you’re busy. Contractors will also receive support in the form of advice and workplace visits from our team, meaning that if you ever have any questions about your responsibilities during the apprenticeship, you’ll be able to get the answers you need.
To find out more, contact NECA Education & Careers today.