Reasons to hire an apprentice or trainee

Australian Apprenticeships are career pathways that combine on-the-job training with formal education. Referred to as apprenticeships and traineeships, these pathways are important for occupations that involve a lot of technical skill and knowledge that is best learnt in an on-the-job capacity, such as plumbing, mechanical and electrical trades, cooking or hairdressing.

Australian Apprenticeships give employers the opportunity to train new staff or up-skill existing employees with industry-specific knowledge and skills to meet both short and long term business objectives. While a lot of time and effort is involved, hiring an apprentice or trainee can benefit your business in a number of ways.

Tailor the training to meet your needs

As an employer, you have the flexibility to tailor the apprenticeship or traineeship to meet your business needs. It can be full-time, part-time or school-based and you can also choose the qualification, training provider (RTO) and where/how it is delivered.

Importantly, you manage the types of activities the apprentice or trainee will learn in the workplace, just as long as you provide them with proper supervision and facilitate relevant opportunities that challenge them and help them grow. The more you invest in the training and development of your apprentice/trainee, the greater return you are likely to receive. Upon completion your apprentice or trainee will be equipped with the latest industry education and skills, complemented by a nationally recognised qualification within your industry.

A cost-effective solution

Hiring an apprentice or trainee can be a cost-effective solution to meet your immediate employment and skills needs, but you should consider the long-term value they bring in relation to their experience and their unique understanding of how your business operates.

While financial benefits shouldn’t be the main reason for employing an apprentice or trainee, there are a number of financial incentives available if you do choose to do so, particularly in trades that are experiencing a skills shortage. Under the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Programme, you may be eligible for the following incentives:
• Commencement, recommencement or completion
• Rural and Regional Skills Shortage
• Declared Drought Area
• Mature Aged Workers
• Australian School-based Apprenticeship
• Assistance for Australian Apprentices with Disability
• Support for Adult Australian Apprentices.

New insights and perspectives

No matter what industry you work in, there’ll always be new innovations and better ways of doing things, particularly with ongoing advances in technology. Your apprentice or trainee will have access to the latest industry skills and knowledge that they will bring back to your business. Investing in their training and education is an investment in your own businesses’ growth and development.

As an apprentice or trainee often begins with little to no experience, they are eager to learn, bring a fresh perspective to your business and can offer new approaches that challenge the status quo. Your ability to harness these ideas can drive a culture of continuous improvement and ensure your team remains on the front foot of safety and innovation.

If you’re busy running a business and need an extra hand, contact us now to discuss how we can help you find the right apprentice or trainee.

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