Give your new Apprentices the tools they need to succeed.
The process of hiring a new apprentice does not end when the offer is accepted. A key part of inducting a new apprentice is training. Having a good training process in place is crucial for making the new apprentice feel comfortable at your company – it is also a great opportunity to communicate your business’ culture, encourage good habits and ensure alignment on long-term goals and strategies from the beginning of the relationship.
Your training program will vary depending on the type of business you operate. However, there are a few training best practices for new apprentices that make sense regardless of your business type. Here are Avant’s seven tips for training new Apprentices.
1. Start slow and be flexible.
When a new apprentice joins your company, they are likely feeling a little nervous, eager to please and excited, all at once. They are also probably suffering from a bit of information overload, even if they do a great job of hiding it! For those reasons, it is important to start slow when you are training a new apprentice. If they seem eager to learn more and appear to be taking in all the information you are offering, then you can speed up the process and introduce more responsibility.
2. Provide electronic documents to review.
If you do not have your company’s handbook or policies online, consider adding this information to a password-protected section of your website or emailing it to new apprentices on their first day of work. It is easy to misplace documents, but having this information online means your apprentice can access and review it anywhere and anytime they have a question.
3. Check in more often than you think you should.
A daily check-in with new apprentices for the first week or so may feel like overkill, but it is better than the alternative of having your apprentice feel lost, forgotten about or unsure of what to do next.
4. Designate a mentor and involve peers.
New apprentices will find it easier to adjust to their team if they receive some of their training from someone who does similar work. Assign new apprentices a mentor – a friendly peer or senior member of the team who can answer questions about everything from HR issues to work-related queries. Allow new apprentices to spend a day with their mentor to learn what the typical daily routine is like at your business. They may be more comfortable asking questions of a peer or colleague instead of you, the owner of the business.
5. Do not forget to train on company values, vision, and goals.
New apprentices should understand your organisations’ mission statement and major objectives almost as soon as they join the team. Introducing this information very early in the induction process is a great way to establish the right kind of attitude and culture with your new apprentice.
6. Give new apprentices a task.
Many people learn better by doing than by listening or taking notes, so do not wait too long to give new apprentices an initial assignment. Generally, keen new apprentices like to be busy, and this is the best way to make a new person comfortable with your organisation’s processes and the key people they will be working with.
7. Gather feedback.
After a week or two, make sure to gather feedback from your new apprentice about the training process. Is there something they would like to learn but did not? Was it too much, too fast? Take this feedback into account for future employee training sessions.
8. Make apprentices feel valued
There are many small ways to show that you value your apprentice. Just acknowledging their contribution and saying ‘thank you’ can make a big difference.
This does not mean you have to go around complimenting your apprentice all the time, but if they do an excellent job, it should be recognised. Organisations with a strategic recognition program report less employee turnover!
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The process of hiring a new apprentice does not end when the offer is accepted. A key part of inducting a new apprentice is training.