The theme of National Apprenticeship Week 2022 is ‘Build the Future,’ and it will concentrate on aiding individuals in developing the skills and knowledge required for a fulfilling future. Apprenticeships, Traineeships, T Levels, and KickStart have all contributed to the development of education in recent years, and are now widely regarded as viable alternatives to traditional university degrees.

Apprenticeships are a great way for companies to solve skill shortages, retrain employees, and freshen the workplace. Apprenticeships are typically used as a steppingstone into a career, you must consider not just if they are suitable for your company, but also whether they are suitable for the industry. However, knowing what to look for when employing an apprentice might be tough.

What to look for

Young people applying for apprenticeships will normally have little to no experience or qualifications in the sector they’re getting into, so employers need to focus on skills that can be transferred into the workplace. A long-serving member of a sports team, for example, will be accustomed to long-term physical strain, making them an excellent choice for a mechanic role.

Candidates who have volunteered or have part-time jobs demonstrate motivation and typically have a good work ethic. Regardless of the job role, you should look for basic qualities and attributes in apprentices, such as punctuality, reliability, a genuine interest in the job, as well as a willingness to learn.

Enthusiasm and positivity are also key qualities to look for, candidates who have a good attitude will do better and contribute more than those who do not. As their role develops, enthusiastic apprentices will be prepared to attempt new things and take on greater responsibilities. Apprenticeships can be difficult and exhausting, positive individuals will find it easier to overcome this and push themselves within their role, instead of giving up.

Many job roles will involve working within a team, so it is important to assess the applicant’s confidence and communication skills.  Good communication within the workplace will increase productivity, create a stronger team, and eliminate problems in the long run. Someone who lacks confidence and has poor communication skills is not a good match for customer-facing professions, since they may struggle when speaking directly to customers.

The fundamental quality you want in young individuals is a passion for their chosen field and your company. After all, it will be your responsibility to teach the apprentices in your systems, procedures, and role-specific expertise, but you can’t offer them genuine interest, excitement, or a willingness to work hard.

Ellie Marley

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Author – Ellie Marley