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.