Recruitment tips

Recruitment tips

You’ve probably worked very hard to build up your own customer base.

I you have a small business, while you do the work, you also have to look for the next job. And if you don’t have someone to do the books for you, then you have to do that too.

You need an extra pair of hands so you have time to build your business and take on more work.

You can take on an apprentice or trainee in one of two ways.

  1. You can advertise and recruit one yourself and employ them yourself or
  2. you could lease/hire an apprentice or trainee of your choice for the period of time you have work for them and the Group Training Organisation organises the training, the payroll and the reduces your employment risk.

Here are some tips on how to direct-employ an apprentice or trainee. But if this is going to take you away from your core business function, then seriously consider outsourcing to MEGT. We have over 30 year’s experience recruiting and managing apprentices and trainees.

Recruitment tips

1. Write a job description

Besides writing a list of tasks your apprentice will do, think carefully about the personal attributes of the person you are going to work with for the next four years.

If you only need an extra pair of hands for a day or two a week, and if a pre-apprenticeship isn’t required, you might decide to employ a school student through an Australian School-based Apprenticeship.

You might want to employ someone who has just left secondary school or someone more mature who has already been in the workplace, in which case, again you may need to consider whether pre-apprenticeship training is needed.

2. Plan

Map out how you will balance time spent teaching the apprentice on the job, releasing them for trade training and working alongside them on your projects. Factor this plan into your project management timesheet.

3. Write an ad

Start your ad with the reason why the apprentice should work with you rather than anyone else. If you are targeting a young person as an apprentice, what appeals to them may be quite different to a mature aged worker.

Summarise the job description.

Decide whether or not to include what they can expect to be paid.

Include the hours of work, the qualifications, certification or skills required.

Make it clear how they can apply, your contact details and the cut off date for submissions.

Include a phone number so they can ask questions about the job.

Ask someone to proofread it for you and let you know whether they think it sounds like a good job.

Ensure key search words are in the title of your online ads: apprentice, apprenticeship, trainee, traineeship.

Some of the questions job seekers have when stepping from school to the workplace include:

  • Do you offer a wide range of learning opportunities?
  • Do you work on interesting projects?
  • Is your work mainly in one geographic region? (Working close to home could be attractive.)
  • Is it a friendly environment?
  • How can you help me start an apprenticeship that normally requires a Driver Licence and car if I am only 17 years old and can’t yet get a Licence?

4. Advertise

If you have decided to employ an Australian School-based Apprentice, talk to the local secondary school careers teachers to find out if they know students who would be suitable. Your local MEGT Australian Apprenticeships Centre will provide you with step by step details and your obligations.

Besides paid advertising in local and metropolitan newspapers and online, you can also advertise at no cost on www.jobsearch.gov.au and MEGT’s jobs site. Your local Job Services Provider can place the ad online for you and will do a preliminary check on job applications before sending them on to you for interviews.

Placing your vacancy on MEGT’s jobsite is free – all the applications go direct to you.

If you need more help, MEGT has a range of other recruitment services for a low service fee.

5. Interview

When you interview your shortlisted applicants and select the person that best suits your needs, ensure you see the proof of their qualifications and ring their references. If the apprentice has just entered the workplace, personal references should be provided.

6. Starting the apprenticeship/traineeship

Refer to the section on About apprenticeships and traineeships

7. Plan for retention

Set a workplace buddy in place and schedule regular times you will check to see how the new person is going. Most trainees and apprentices that leave, do so in the first year.

Schedule the required training times in your project management plans.

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Call us on 13 6943 to find out how we can help you employ the apprentice or trainee you need.

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