Are your new apprentices ready for work?
It’s almost time for the class of 2017 to leave school or college and take their first steps into the world of work.
Yet the transformation from student to valuable employee can be a giant leap for some young people. Following a lifetime of instruction from parents, teachers and lecturers it can take time to adapt to a more self-led approach to work.
But what if there was a short cut that could bridge the gap between education and employment? One that equips your apprentices with the life skills they need to succeed in the workplace?
Bridging the skills gap
That’s the aim of our Apprentice Development Programme, as Tony Ball, Programme Operations Manager, explains:
“Many young people go straight from the classroom into the workplace. They’ve left a world where they’re directed in almost every aspect of their learning, and suddenly they’re expected to be self-reliant, and able to work independently”
Through a series of experiential learning tasks, apprentices develop different ways of working. They’re taken out of their comfort zone and into managed situations that challenge them to take ownership, try new things, demonstrate leadership qualities and work as a team to solve problems.
“We see an amazing change within the apprentices as the programme progresses. They begin to take charge of situations, communicate better and become more self-reliant and confident,” adds Tony.
Learning vital soft skills
Taking on apprentices is a big investment for any company so it’s important that they integrate and contribute to the workplace as quickly as possible.
“Many companies send their new intake of apprentices on our Apprentice Development programme each year. Not because it’s a nice thing to do, but because they see an immediate improvement in their apprentices’ work performance – which benefits the company,” says Tony.