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5 benefits of hiring an apprentice

5 benefits of hiring an apprentice

This article was originally published by VERTO and republished here with permission.

As life returns to some form of normality in the wake of lockdowns, many business owners are considering their staffing needs. Taking on an apprentice can be a great way to grow your business, building it from within while supporting the future of your industry. Here are five ways an apprentice can benefit your business.  

#1 Grow your business from within 

Many of our key trade industries are facing skill shortages, meaning it can be hard to find qualified talent. However, the good news is that there are many motivated job seekers out there right now, looking for a career start. 

By taking on an apprentice, you’ll be developing a motivated person who is keen to build a future in your industry. You can impart the skills and knowledge you’ve developed over your career to help someone get a start in theirs, shaping their skills to meet the needs of your growing business. 

#2 Gain new ideas and skills 

While an apprentice hasn’t yet learned the ropes in your industry, they will bring new ideas and innovations to your team. Today’s young people are ‘digital natives’ who’ve been using technology all their lives. With the increasing role of technology in all of our trades, they can bring a unique skill set to help you future-proof your business.  

#3 Hire from a motivated talent pool 

As the HSC comes to an end, many young people are looking to get a start in the workforce. There can be a misconception that HSC graduates don’t choose this path, but the reality is that around 6% will undertake an apprenticeship, equating to over 4,000 young people this year in NSW alone. 

By completing their HSC studies in one of the most challenging periods ever, this group has shown that they have the tenacity, resilience and drive to achieve whatever they put their mind to, making them a great addition to your business. 

#4 Access a range of incentives and subsidies 

With a range of government incentives currently available to employers, there’s never been a better time to consider an apprentice. Your business may be eligible for a range of financial supports, including significant wage subsidies, regional and rural incentives, ‘women in trades’ support, and additional assistance for roles on the National Skills Needs List.

Even better, VERTO can help you explore your eligibility and apply for relevant programs, ensuring you can easily access the right support, without the administrative headache. 

#5 Get support at every step  

When you hire an apprentice, you and your apprentice will be supported every step of the way. VERTO can match you with an apprentice that fits your needs and your culture, who will be a valuable investment for your business. Our support doesn’t stop once you find your apprentice either. We provide ongoing support to you and your apprentice, through to completion, so you don’t have to go it alone. 

Ready to take on an apprentice? Get in touch with VERTO on 1300 483 786 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to get started. We’ll support you from start to finish, making it simple to find and keep the right apprentice for your business.

 

So you want to earn while you learn – but how?

So you want to earn while you learn – but how?

This article was originally published by VERTO and reprinted here with permission. 

As your school life comes to an end, you might be thinking that you are ready to get out from behind the desk and start earning. The good news is that a gap year isn’t your only option. There is a way to do this while still building towards a lifelong career.  

The answer is an apprenticeship. While there is a common misconception that apprenticeships are for those who don’t make it into uni, the reality couldn’t be further from the truth. Apprenticeships offer a wide range of career options that can even see you earning more than university graduates on qualification

Whether you want a professional career as a business manager or IT expert, a role in hospitality, a trade, or even a creative career like wine or cake-making, an apprenticeship or traineeship has you covered.  There are over 500 apprenticeship and traineeship careers, so there really is something to match every passion. 

In addition, many of these careers are in growth industries that need more qualified staff, so employers are actively looking for people like you, who are ready to earn and learn! 

Even better, because you start working (and earning) from the outset, you won’t wait three or four years to find out whether you’ve made the right choice, like your university counterparts. You’ll complete your studies while learning on the job and gain a nationally recognised qualification that will set you up for life.  What’s more, you’ll learn from trainers who have real experience in your chosen industry, not from textbooks. 

If you are unsure what’s next but think earning while you learn might be for you, check out our free career quiz at www.careergate.org.au. Answer just a few easy questions about your interests and passions, and you’ll get instant results on careers that match. You can even get started applying for vacancies in your area straight away, so what are you waiting for? 

Not all doom and gloom: 2020 employment success stories

Not all doom and gloom: 2020 employment success stories

Originally published at https://www.verto.org.au/blog

As 2020 draws to a close, many of us are reflecting on what a difficult year it has been. We have all been challenged personally and/or professionally, and it’s certainly a time no one will forget in a hurry. For many people living in regional areas, COVID-19 followed drought, bushfires and/or floods, so there has been no respite.

Why the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements initiative is important for us all

Why the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements initiative is important for us all

Originally published at https://www.verto.org.au/blog

Recently the Australian Government announced an additional $1.2 million in funding for the Boosting Apprenticeships Commencement (BAC) initiative. This investment is a critical one for the future of individuals and industries, and something we can all benefit from. So today, I want to talk about some of the reasons this initiative should be welcomed by everyone.

VERTO apprentice Tyla carves out exciting career path

VERTO apprentice Tyla carves out exciting career path

Originally published at https://www.verto.org.au/blog

Marrickville’s Tyla Veney is carving her own path as a bespoke furniture maker, focusing on bucking the trend and turning her passion into a career in a male-dominated trade area.

VERTO welcomes Federal Government’s $6.4 billion investment in apprenticeships and training

VERTO welcomes Federal Government’s $6.4 billion investment in apprenticeships and training

Originally published at https://www.verto.org.au/blog

VERTO Chief Executive Officer, Ron Maxwell, has today welcomed the Federal Government’s $6.4 billion commitment to apprenticeships and training announced in the 2021-2022 Federal Budget.

We’ve pulled together a range of resources that can help you on your apprenticeship journey.

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Apprenticeship Ready

Career Advice Service

Career Counselling

Foundational Skills - Work Experience

Language, Literacy and Numeracy

Literacy & Numeracy Assessment for Certificate III

Pre-vocational

Register with Employment Service Providers, Labour Hire

School-Based Apprenticeships