Offering apprenticeships and traineeships in Queensland is an important step forward in improving the economy, reducing the youth unemployment rate and supporting Indigenous employment.
Without the support of apprenticeships and training, many individuals would struggle to find work while businesses contend with a growing skills gap.
Beyond these ‘big picture’ benefits, what advantages can an apprenticeship offer to your specific organisation?
Employing staff with specific skills
When you take on an apprentice, you have some influence over what qualifications they will study. This means that if you have a particular skills gap in your business, you can train an employee to meet this specific requirement.
While some business owners believe apprenticeships and traineeships are beneficial only for trade industries, it is important to understand that more than 600 qualifications are available under the Australian apprenticeship scheme. This means it is very likely that you’ll be able to find an apprenticeship program that suits the specific needs of your business.
Research from around the globe has shown that having an apprentice on staff can help improve productivity within your business.
This is likely because apprentices receive industry-standard learning based on the latest developments and innovations in your field. Apprentices, or even existing staff planning to upskill, can offer your business state-of-the-art knowledge and skills, which should encourage a more efficient and effective work practice.
Access to a greater pool of talent
Offering apprenticeships and traineeships in your business means you are able to access a wider pool of talent in the Queensland workforce.
Some individuals face significant barriers to employment, such as school leavers struggling to find a way into the labour force or disabled candidates facing inaccessibility or discrimination. Offering these individuals the chance to develop new skills and work for your company allows them to gain the confidence to participate effectively in the workplace.
Your business will benefit in this case due to the ease with which you can fill employment opportunities, which can reduce the expense of recruitment.
Hiring a more diverse workforce is also likely to lead to a higher retention rate, with apprentices staying with your company for an average of four years or more.
If you’re interested in sharing in the benefits an apprenticeship or traineeship can offer your business, contact the team at BUSY At Work today.
By Leanne de Toerkenczy, Public Relations Coordinator