FRESH IS OF­TEN THE BEST

The Weekend Post - - Careers -

EX­PE­RI­ENCE of­ten is the top cri­te­ria when peo­ple are look­ing to hire a new worker but tak­ing on an ap­pren­tice or trainee can bring a va­ri­ety of ben­e­fits to an or­gan­i­sa­tion as well.

MONEY

In­stead of com­pet­ing for es­tab­lished tal­ent with ev­ery other em­ployer in the mar­ket, em­ploy­ers should un­der­stand that en­try-level ex­pe­ri­ence at­tracts an en­try-level salary.

All new work­ers must be trained in com­pany-spe­cific pro­cesses, so there will be an ini­tial in­vest­ment in train­ing whether the worker has ex­pe­ri­ence some­where else or not.

There are also mon­e­tary in­cen­tives of­fered to em­ploy­ers who train peo­ple with in-de­mand skills.

Un­der the fed­eral Aus­tralian Ap­pren­tice­ships In­cen­tives Pro­gramme, an em­ployer can earn $1500 for sign­ing up an ap­pren­tice or trainee, then dou­ble that if the worker sees their train­ing through to the end.

There is of­ten also an ex­tra $1000 if the em­ployer is in a ru­ral or regional area, and an ex­tra $750 if the worker is com­plet­ing high school along­side their vo­ca­tional qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

Em­ploy­ers can check their el­i­gi­bil­ity for govern­ment in­cen­tives via aus­tralianap­pren­tice­ships.gov.au

CUS­TOM-BUILT WORK­ERS

There may be noth­ing more an­noy­ing for em­ploy­ers than a new hire who starts ev­ery sen­tence for the first six months with the words “At my last job, we did it like this”.

An ap­pren­tice or trainee, on the other hand, will likely come into the in­dus­try with fresh eyes so be will­ing to soak up any in­for­ma­tion, pro­ce­dures and feed­back with en­thu­si­asm.

COM­PANY CUL­TURE

There is a spe­cial place in most work­ers’ hearts for the em­ployer who gave them their start.

There is also of­ten a ca­ma­raderie be­tween work­ers who came up through the ranks to­gether.

Tak­ing on ap­pren­tices or trainees in­stils the com­pany cul­ture from their first day and, in turn, pro­motes loy­alty and longevity.

Pic­ture: ANNETTE DEW

IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT: Tech­ni­cal ser­vice man­ager Se­vag Parseghian.

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