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Why You Should Take on an Apprentice or Trainee in 2021

22 January 2021

2020 was an incredibly challenging year for workplaces across Australia due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. With many businesses looking at ways they can move forward in a positive direction this year, we want to highlight one move your business could try in 2021 – taking on an apprentice or trainee!

Qualifications encourage quality

An apprenticeship or traineeship involves the completion of a nationally recognised qualification while the employee undertakes on-the-job training. This means that by the completion of the qualification, your employee has real knowledge and skills under their belt.

Trades like electrical and engineering are very technical and specific, meaning it’s no mean feat to complete these qualifications. We don’t know what the workforce will continue to look like given our current climate, but we do know that real skill and craftsmanship is important for businesses to put their best feet forward for success. Developing an employee from apprentice or trainee level is a great way to ensure quality standards from the beginning.

Lay future foundations for your business

In these uncertain times, consistency is important. While hiring any new staff member comes with an element of risk, taking on an apprentice or trainee can lead to a long-term relationship, benefitting all parties.

At My Gateway, we see many of our apprentices and trainees go on to stay with their host businesses once they have completed their qualifications. This is partly because many of these businesses are able to develop these young staff members into the right employees for their culture and workplace environment. By taking on an apprentice or trainee, you can lay the future foundations for your business.

Aspiring apprentices and trainees are out there

While the world appeared to stop in some ways last year, our team saw the level of interest from young people wanting to get into a trade or a traineeship continue almost as normal.  Towards the end of 2020, we ran our annual Recruitment Days, interviewing over 100 young people across two days. We also has 134 apprentices and trainees commence their placements through us last year.

There will always be eager, young people wanting to kick-start their careers. Your business could be the right fit for them in 2021.

Breathe new life into your business

Young people have the capacity to bring in new energy and ideas that your business has been looking for. As the workforce looks to adapt to the “new normal”, some of the answers could lie in our youth.

Many young people are up to speed on the latest technologies and online trends. This is a potential advantage to your business. Enthusiastic young staff can also have a positive impact on other staff who have been with your business long-term, bringing in different perspectives to inspire and motivate.

If this has encouraged you to take on an apprentice or trainee, My Gateway can help you. Here are some reasons why you should become a host business with us! Get in touch if you wish to know more information.