Every apprenticeship revolves around two key players – the apprentice and their employer. As the employer, you are the one who has made the commitment to invest in a budding learner and turn them into a professional tradesperson.
At the Academy, we have put procedures in place to make the sign-up and enrolment process as streamlined and trouble-free as possible. We want your engagement in the apprenticeship program to be productive and fulfilling – we don’t want it to be caught up with bureaucratic hurdles and heavy administration.
We have selected MEGT as our national apprenticeship network provider. Their job is to assist you and the Academy with apprentice sign-ups, and liaise with the various government departments and agencies who need to be notified of the arrangements.
MEGT has appointed a national account manager to look after all our sign-ups around the country. This will relieve you of much of the administrative burden in making enquiries and organising logistics. As the employer, you will still need to be part of the sign-up process and periodic reporting of outcomes, but most of the administrative arrangements will be taken care of through a coordinated effort between MEGT and the Academy staff.
Set out below is the process involved in signing up an apprentice and enrolling them at the Academy. For more information on our national apprenticeship network provider, go to the MEGT website at: www.megt.com.au.
engendering the right attitude
Of all the personal attributes that a new apprentice brings with them when they start their employment with you, the one that will help them most is the right attitude.
We want the apprentice to feel privileged about the fact that you have recognised their potential talents and offered them the opportunity to join your company as an apprentice. As the two key players in the learning community, you both have a huge amount to gain from the successful completion of this journey. They will emerge from the experience as a professional tradesperson, and you will be the ‘green fields’ investor who facilitated this transformation.
Your efforts will be repaid several times over in terms of the loyalty and sense of allegiance that is built up, and the sound understanding you both acquire of each other’s strengths, weaknesses and operating styles. This will help to improve the efficiency of your communications and reliability of the outcomes.
Even if they later leave your company and go elsewhere, you will still have been responsible for their entry into the industry, and therefore have played a crucial role in improving the industry’s overall standards and attention to quality principles. They will also carry a piece of you and your business with them, which will enhance your standing and reputation among other industry professionals wherever they go.
But the investment you have put into that apprentice doesn’t have to stop there. You will be able to apply your facilitation skills to other apprentices and repeat the process over and over again.
You will get better at recognising the attributes in new recruits that make them the most promising employees and you will continue to create a work environment that maximises your employees’ willingness to aim high, work hard and keep learning.
This is what sets great businesses apart from ordinary businesses – the ability to harness the full potential of your employees so that they generate their own enthusiasm to achieve the best results they are capable of and reach the goals you have set for your company.