January 26, 2021

We know that apprentices get a rough time of it, half because of much-needed hazing or generally they’re a stubby short of a six-pack. Trade industries have always employed apprentices, it has been the training ground for many industries. That’s why we have a soap named the ‘ Apprentice”! 

Have you considered hiring an apprentice? Let’s take a look at the pros and cons! 

 

Pros

Fresh Eyes 

With more recent education and new techniques, it means that they’ll be looking at things in a different way. It’s always good to get a fresh set of eyes, especially if you’ve been looking at the same bloody problem for too long. 

 

You’ll Save Some Money

Obviously one of the bigger drawcards of hiring an apprentice is that you won’t have to pay them as much because the work is part of their training. During times like these when you’re trying to build your business back up, this can be extremely valuable! 

 

They’ll Do The Shit You Don’t Want To

The tasks that are bloody annoying to you will probably be fascinating in an apprentice’s eyes, they get to learn on the job and not a classroom! If there are jobs that you can prioritise to give your apprentice that will engage and challenge them, then pass them on!

 

Cons

Time Commitment

Sure you can pass on the more everyday tasks to your apprentice, but you’ll also need to take the time to show them how to do it properly so they can grow their confidence and act on their own. Apprentices are there to learn, so you can’t just throw them into the deep end and expect them to know everything. Put the time into them and you’ll get an effective member of your team.

 

There Will Be Mistakes

It’s inevitable that mistakes will be made as they’re just learning, apprentices won’t know everything right away (we’ve all been there!). This is where you’ll need to be prepared to take some knocks until things will get done properly. But it will also give you an opportunity to teach them how to learn from their mistakes and learn how you carry out tasks.

 

They Could Leave As They Get Experienced

While it’s a pleasant thought that your apprentice would pledge every dying loyalty to you like a Labrador, they don’t have any obligation to stay within your business once their training period is up. They could decide they want to try somewhere new and take everything with them that you taught them. But this is why it’s so important to actually take the time with them and be the best mentor that you can be. Build that loyalty!

 

 

Do you reckon you’ll be taking on an apprentice?

There’s additional resources you can have a look at, such as:

https://www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au/employers

https://www.apprenticeshipsupport.com.au/Employers/Hiring-an-apprentice