When you bring an apprentice on to your workforce, it is useful to bear in mind that it may be their first ‘real’ job and therefore a fairly daunting experience. Therefore it is important to involve them from day one, assigning them with practical tasks and objectives to complete. If an apprentice feels expendable, there’s a good chance you’ll lose them.
Here are three top tips to ensure that motivation levels are kept high throughout their apprenticeship, which will hopefully improve company loyalty.
- Encourage responsibility. Assign personal, significant tasks which you can oversee, giving them a sense of purpose.
- If apprentices are underachieving, address the situation positively and professionally, outlining where they can improve and setting out clear goals.
- Provide support throughout their apprenticeship. Assign a mentor, perhaps an old apprentice, who can be the apprentice’s first point of contact for any questions they might have. Hold regular meetings to see how they are getting on.