If you’re thinking about bringing on an apprentice, you’re probably wondering what you’ll have to contribute to your programme.

This page gives you some tips to help you get your apprenticeship off to a successful start. You can also find more information on our support here.

 Want more tips? Download our Guidance for Employers document. 

1. Use an apprenticeship recruitment service to find effective staff, fast

If you've got an apprenticeship vacancy but you're not sure how to find the right candidates, QA Apprenticeships can offer you:

  • Consultancy to identify your roles
  • Job advertising
  • Initial telephone screening
  • Initial face to face interviews
  • Sifting and shortlisting of CVs and interview candidates

Read more about our recruitment service here.

Or you could move an existing staff member into an apprenticeship role, if they’re eligible for government funding.

2. Involve senior people and promote awareness within your business

Encourage buy-in from senior stakeholders and your apprentice will see how seriously you take their future development.

Your apprenticeship can contribute to a training culture within your business. They bring opportunities to develop other staff, and can go on to become mentors themselves.

If you’d like, QA Apprenticeships can let you observe the early recruitment stages for your vacancies. Contact our team to find out more.

3. Run a full company induction

We recommend you run a company induction to orientate your apprentice and develop their understanding of your company’s business and services.

This is an opportunity for you to introduce them around the company and establish relationships between them and your other staff. You can give them a picture of your market, key client relationships and challenges.

It will get them up to speed much quicker and ensure a productive start.

4. Draw up a plan for their progression

Setting out a plan for your apprentice will help you organise and prioritise their workload. And it will show your new recruit that you’re investing in their future, which will increase their loyalty.

It will also help you see where you’ll need to give support, and when you can expect to give them more autonomy.

QA Apprenticeship will draw up an individual learning plan (ILP) with you and your apprentice to set the training schedule and targets over the course of your apprenticeship. You can find more detail by reading how QA Apprenticeships support you but to get more answers, contact us.

5. Recognise the differences from other staff

An apprentice won’t necessarily have the same experience coming into your new role as your other permanent staff. That might mean you have to take a little time acclimatising them to the office environment, and building their confidence.

But whilst they might not have all the knowledge, they will bring new ideas, a fresh attitude and passion and drive to reach their career goals.

6. Be flexible, but treat them like everyone else

For your apprentice to progress into a full-time job and career, you’ll need to treat them the same as the other professionals in your business.

That means:

  • Tracking their performance
  • Setting objectives and standards
  • Giving them responsibility
  • Making your expectations clear

Just like anybody else.

You may find working with an apprentice is slightly different at first, but ultimately they will be motivated by making a real contribution to your business.

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