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How to find and take on an apprentice

If your business is considering taking on an apprentice, good job! Making the decision to train someone at the start of their career is the best way that you can help prepare Australia’s next generation of trades people.

There are a range of avenues available to make sure you get the right apprentice for your company, with free services like Apprenticeship Central offering an easy way to connect with apprentices anywhere in Australia.

Once you have made the decision to take on an apprentice, there are a few steps you will need to take before bringing on your new employee. Here’s a run-down of the things you will need to keep in mind.

Understand what you can offer an apprentice

Giving your future apprentice a valuable experience will involve taking a look at your business and establishing whether you have the capabilities to provide the necessary work. For example, you will need to consider whether your business can provide a full-time or part-time employment option.

You may also want to consider a school-based apprenticeship or similar option to help an apprentice get their foot in the door.

List a job with Apprenticeship Central

Once you know what services you can offer to an apprentice, you will need to go out and find an apprentice for your business. Apprenticeship Central is a great place to start, with a wide range of potential apprentices across a number of different industries.

By tapping into a wide pool of possible candidates, you will be able to find the right person for your company. You can also use the website’s tools to build the right position description to match your needs and use that to attract the best talent in your area.

Find a training organisation

Apprenticeship Central provides a list of local training providers who can help manage the education component of an apprenticeship. All you need to do is set up your Employer account on the website. These services will also be the one who issues a final certificate once your new employee’s training is complete.

One of the advantages that comes with setting up an account with Apprentice Central is that you are able to immediately access a list of service providers which can help you find the right training solution for your needs.

A training provider can also offer additional skills which might be necessary for an apprentice. Literacy and numeracy skills are just one area in which a training provider can offer support, ensuring that your future employee has all the foundation skills necessary to be a competent worker.

You will also need to contact a reliable Apprenticeship Centre. These centres will arrange sign ups, incentive payments and administration while also providing helpful advice. BUSY At Work is one of the longest standing Australian Apprenticeships Centres.

Finding the right apprentice for your business doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, through services like Apprenticeship Central, it is easier than ever to get the right candidates for your workplace.

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