What advice would you give a manager who is considering Apprenticeship-based training for their employee?
One of the take-home messages from the HR course was that an engaged employee is much more likely to be a happy and productive one. My line manager changed during the second half of my apprenticeship, but I was so lucky that both my previous and current manager really invested time and energy in my apprenticeship training. If you are able to provide a springboard for employee development by offering an apprenticeship, you and your whole team and department will reap the rewards many times over. I’m a great advocate of coaching and mentoring in the workplace, and I think that the line manager and other team members will naturally develop their supervisory and inter-personal skills by having an apprentice in the team.
I think apprenticeships can work equally well for new entrants or for existing staff. You just need to be willing to commit to supporting the apprentice to grow in the role, whether they are starting pretty much from scratch or if they are already established but looking to develop new skills. Tap into their enthusiasm, and who knows where it might lead!