There are many factors which contribute to any business growing. If you are looking to expand your business operations then you will need to consider adding to your team. Advertising for personnel experienced in the industry is one way, as is word of mouth or social media however taking on a trainee or apprentice may not give you an instant increase in trade expertise, but will you give you the satisfaction of training someone the way YOU like to do tasks.
Where to find a suitable trainee or apprentice?
word of mouth within your own business or social networks, sporting clubs etc.
local high schools - let their careers advisor know you are hiring
advertise on social media or online recruitment platforms
What's the difference between a trainee and apprentice?
Trainees study for a certificatequalification to work in a particular industry or occupation, for example horticulture, office work, or information technology. It will take approximately 1-2 years to complete a traineeship.
Apprentices study for a tradequalification, for example as a landscaper, parks & gardens, chef or hairdresser. It will take approximately 3-4 years to complete an apprenticeship.
A school based apprentice or trainee (SATs) allow high school students, generally in Years 10, 11 or 12, to work for an employer and train towards a recognised qualification, while completing their secondary schooling and studying for their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) and/or Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).
Your business may like to consider using a Group Training Organisation (GTO) to help manage an apprentice. The GTO assumes the role of employer as far as the training contract is concerned and can also help you find a suitable candidate. GTOs work along the same lines as labour hire companies as they are the direct employer and charge host employers for the apprentice’s time.
Still not sure? Watch this short video which goes through 5 Steps to Employing an Apprentice or Trainee.
Ensuring your business is operating safely with full WHS documentation and procedures in place (LQ can assist with this)
Must be signed up to an Apprenticeship Agreement within 14 days of employment
Contact an Australian Apprentice Support Network provider (AASN) who can also register your apprentice with a Registered Training Organisation (RTO)
Adherence to the Training Contract which may include a probationary period
Ensuring correct wages are paid
Supporting and encouraging your apprentice throughout their training as well as providing exposure to a wide range of tasks