I took on my first apprentice, Grace, after realising I needed an extra pair of hands to support and manage the business from the office. Employing an apprentice seemed to fit the bill here, and I was always keen on the idea of supporting young people’s development in the local community.
One of the main things I learnt from employing an apprentice is that the process is much simpler than you may think. An apprentice does not have to be trade specific (ie. plumber or accountant) and many businesses can offer a general office environment experience to a young person. Having a good training provider also meant that when I felt I didn’t have time to help my apprentice, they were on-hand to provide ongoing advice and support, enabling my apprentice to develop vital skills at a steady pace.
Apprentices have brought a fresh view on the way we operate, and a fearless approach to technology – they have tought me as much as I have tought them!
After Grace completed her apprenticeship we helped her to find new employment as we were not in a position to employ full-time. I am confident that the skills she learned whilst she was with us are sure to help her in all her future job roles. We are still keen on employing apprentices and training them up, and I hope that sometime in the near future we will be able to keep some on full-time.
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