I’ve employed an apprentice – now what do I do?

I’ve employed an apprentice – now what do I do?

Tips and Advice for welcoming apprentices into your workplace!

So you’ve hired an excellent apprentice, you have all the forms and contracts drawn up and they are about to start their first day at your company.

You’re probably wondering, how do I make their integration into the company as smooth as possible?

Here are some tips!

Give them a mentor!

Do you have a member of staff who is an exemplary employee?
Give them the task of mentoring your new apprentice and being on hand to give them initial help and guidance. The apprentice should feel supported and build their confidence in the role whilst giving your existing staff member the opportunity to demonstrate leadership skills.

Communication is key!

Make sure your apprentice knows you are approachable and how you can be contacted if they have any issues or problems. Just as establishing good working relationships with your employees helps maintain staff retention, the same goes for apprentices.
It is in your best interest to retain an apprentice once you have employed them as you may have invested money in their training with the goal of having a permanent well-trained member of staff upon completion of their qualification.

Be Upfront

Set the expectations of professionalism early.
For example, if your apprentice seems to be unsure of workplace etiquette have a chat early on about office etiquette.

For example, no using personal mobile phones during working hours (not including staff lunches / breaks), arriving on time, dressing professionally and being aware of using professional language at all times in the workplace.

Telling an anecdote is a good way to make the conversation less confrontational but still get your point across.

Setting Targets

Once your apprentice is starting to get settled into their new role and becoming familiar with their responsibilities we suggest having a one to one meeting to discuss their KPI’s and work objectives.
Expressing the importance of speaking up and asking for assistance when they don’t understand or are struggling with a task as many apprentices don’t want to be a burden on their colleagues as they haven’t yet built their working relationships.

Giving Tasks

Don’t be afraid to set your apprentice complicated tasks. Often this will give them the opportunity to show they are able to ask for assistance where necessary, recognise which skills they need to improve and/or self-educate.

Giving your apprentice tasks where they can review the results or response upon completion is a great way for them to reflect on their process and can motivate them to perfect or expand their on-the-job learning.

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Have regular contact with the training provider tutor as they are there to support not only the apprentice with training, but yourself as an apprentice employer.

Giving positive feedback to your apprentice is important, not only so they can recognise their positive contribution, but so they feel valued and motivated to keep up the good work!

If you’re looking for advice and guidance on employing an apprentice, up – skilling your current workforce, or for apprenticeship advice and guidance please call us on:

0161 464 4805 or email us at: [email protected]

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