The Australian trade industry is currently experiencing large skill shortages. As a business owner, you may be finding that the number of qualified skilled workers in your industry is becoming scarce.
But what can you do to help? What if there was a way to not only help improve your business but also your entire industry as a whole?
Luckily there is, whether you are in mining, automotive, construction, electrical, or other traditional trades. Any industry can be improved by bringing on apprentices and trainees. While many employers may not see this as the most tantalising approach to growing their business, there is a range of benefits that come from hiring an apprentice or trainee that many aren’t aware of.
Improving attraction and retention
The prevailing mentality of young people leaving school is the desire to do well, contrary to the stereotype that they only want instant self-gratification. Most young people feel the pressure that they need to be successful and have themselves set up for the future as soon as possible. If you offer them an opportunity to begin their career, they will often perceive you and your business as the thing that gave them their future. This can give you a loyal employee with a deep respect for your business.
You can train to your business or industry requirements
When you are working with someone just starting out in an apprenticeship or traineeship you can aid their development and value to your industry by making sure they learn the best practices, good habits and valuable skills that you look for in an employee. This ensures that the apprentice or trainee can provide the most value to your industry.
Access to the latest knowledge
As an established business with experienced employees, you can often find yourself removed from the progress of best practice in your industry if you aren’t actively keeping up to date. When you have apprentices or trainees working in your business they are learning about current industry practice in off-the-job training that can be brought back into your business to help improve workflow and productivity.
You'll get a fresh perspective
Many businesses that take on an apprentice or trainee say they find the perspective that they bring with them is invaluable. When you are teaching someone who has very little or no experience, you often have to think about things from their point of view. This can remind you and your employers why things are done the way they are, deterring them from taking shortcuts. Alternatively, you might notice that the current process might be redundant or flawed and can be improved.
The cost of employing an apprentice or trainee is much lower than hiring another full-time employee, freeing up money to be invested elsewhere in your business. In addition, you will be able to shape the apprentice or trainee’s attitude to be the best fit for your business more so than an experienced worker.
However, there are plenty of hurdles that you as an employer have to jump to take on an apprentice or trainee. For example, you as the employer will have to advertise the position, interview the applicants, find the right candidate, organise the successful applicants, and engage the right training provider. While this might be a daunting task, so much so that it could deter you from going ahead with the idea of bringing on an apprentice or trainee, there is a way to simplify this process.
You can choose to engage your apprentice or trainee through a Group Training Organisation, or GTO. GTOs are set up to recruit and employ apprentices and trainees directly, and then place them with businesses – or Host Employers as they’re often referred to in the industry – to complete their on-the-job, practical training. That’s the part where they work for you in your business.
MIGAS Apprentices & Trainees is a GTO that operates in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia. We can find the right apprentice or trainee for you, matched to your specific needs.
By using MIGAS to employ your future apprentice or trainee, you will benefit from:
Higher retention rates and likelihood of completion
Using a GTO has a proven track record of apprentices and trainees not only being more likely to stay in their role but also are more likely to complete their training compared to direct employment.
Retained focus on your business
Hiring an apprentice or trainee through MIGAS means a support framework and help to keep them on track, allowing you to stay focused on the other operations of your business. Each apprentice and trainee is assigned a dedicated field officer to monitor and mentor them through to completion of their trade qualification.
Full or tailored recruitment service
MIGAS helps relieve the stress, pain and simplify the hiring process for our clients. We do this by offering marketing of the position, screening, profiling, aptitude testing, interviewing, medical assessments as required, determining candidates’ fitness to work, and arranging uniforms including PPE.
Provision of financial and administrative services
Forget paperwork headaches – MIGAS takes on all relevant employer responsibilities and obligations when it comes to your apprentice or trainee, including handling all Government paperwork and incentives relating to signup, induction and ongoing administration, weekly payroll, timesheets and superannuation.
Organisation of all off-the-job training
Apprentices and trainees, while having to meet a required amount of working hours, also need to attend and complete off-the-job training. Take the burden out of organising a training provider and finding the right qualification – MIGAS takes care of all of that. Our skilled team with years of experience working in the GTO industry makes the training of your apprentice or trainee a breeze.