Thinking of taking on an apprentice or trainee?

YOU’RE MAKING THE RIGHT CHOICE

Bringing in new people into a trade is an exciting time that can benefit your business. It can lead to increased revenue, gives back to your trade, and passes on skills that someone once taught you.

How does it benefit me?

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IT’S GOOD FOR YOUR BUSINESS

Taking on an apprentice or trainee can be a rewarding experience for your business, with a return on investment to match. It allows you to recruit employees who are keen to work and make a positive impact on your business. You get to shape them to suit your business, which will benefit you during and beyond their training.

In good hands apprenticeship benefits help your business

APPRENTICES ALSO HELP YOUR BUSINESS BY

  • Growing your workforce in a cost-effective way
  • Working in the business – so you can work more on the business
  • Keeping you up to date with the latest industry standards by training others
  • Introducing fresh ideas, energy, and a technology- savvy way of thinking

Here's how to get started

Are you ready for an apprentice?

Now that you know more about the benefits of having an apprentice, how do you know if you’re ready to take one on? To check if you and your business are ready to support and get the most out of an apprentice, have a think about the following:
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    The right person to do training

    Do you have someone in your business who can do the training? The closer they work with the apprentice, the better. It could be you, a foreman/supervisor, or another employee who is keen to develop their skills and help train apprentices.

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    Taking time off for training

    Apprentices need to attend regular off-job training. This requires time off work. As an employer this may affect your workload while the apprentice is away and you’ll need to plan for it in advance. Your apprentice will be able to tell you when they are required for training. Most employers pay the apprentice their wages when they are attending daytime courses.

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    Variety of work

    You will need to provide your apprentice with enough variety of work so they can learn the skills and experience needed to complete their apprenticeship. If you don’t have enough, have a plan to help your apprentice get that experience elsewhere. This is quite common and electrical apprentices are often swapped or loaned out to help complete their apprenticeship.

Here's how to get started

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    Find an apprentice

    The first step is to find an apprentice. They might come knocking on your door or you might need to put the word out that you’re looking for one. Great places to look are within your own personal network or advertise on employment websites like www.seek.co.nz

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    Choose a training provider

    Your apprentice is going to need to do some off-job training. This is the training they do at a training provider, usually in a classroom setting. This can mean time off work so you need to make sure it suits both of your schedules. Some training providers need your apprentices to attend block courses which can mean days or weeks off the job. Others will have evening classes or a mix of the two. You’ll need to let your Skills Account Manager know which training provider your apprentice will attend when they’re going through their sign up.

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    Sign up

    Once you and your apprentice are ready to get started, you or your apprentice should give us a call on 0508 SKILLS (754 557). There’s a couple of forms you’ll need to fill out together, so we’ll send these to you. Once we’ve received and processed your documents, a Skills Account Manager will get in touch with you or your apprentice. They’ll run through an induction so you can kick off your training on the right foot.

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    Attend assessor training

    Part of taking on an apprentice is assessing their competency at the basic tasks involved with the job. As you’re with them throughout the training, you’re the person who best knows if they’re up to scratch. There’s a short assessor training session that your Skills Account Manager will take you through so you’re confident and able to sign off your apprentice’s on-job assessments.

Are you ready for an apprentice?

Now that you know more about apprenticeships, how do you know if you’re ready to take on an apprentice? To check if you and your business are ready to support and get the most out of an apprentice, have a think about the following:
  • trainer

    The right person to do training

    Do you have someone in your business who can do the training? The closer they work with the trainee, the better. It could be you, a foreman/supervisor, or another employee who is keen to develop their skills and help train apprentices.

  • time off

    Taking time off for training

    Apprentices need to attend regular off-job training. this requires time off work. As an employer this my affect your work load while the apprentice is away and you'll need to plan for it in advance. Your apprentice will be able to tell you when they are required for training. Most employers pay the apprentice their wages when they are attending daytime courses.

  • variety

    Variety of work

    You will need to provide your apprentice with enough variety of work so they can learn the skills and experience needed to complete their apprenticeship. If you don't have enough, have a plan to help your apprentice get that experience elsewhere. 

Here's how to get started

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    Find an apprentice

    The first step is to find an apprentice. They might come knocking on your door or you might need to put the word out that you’re looking for one.  Great places to look are within your own personal network or advertise on employment websites like www.seek.co.nz

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    Choose a training provider

    Your apprentice is going to need to do some off-job training. This is the training they do at a training provider, usually in a classroom setting. This can mean time off work so you need to make sure it suits both of your schedules. Some training providers need your apprentices to attend block courses which can mean days or weeks off the job. Others will have evening classes or a mix of the two. You’ll need to let your Skills Account Manager know which training provider your apprentice will attend when they’re going through their sign up.

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    Sign up

    Once you and your apprentice are ready to get started, you or your apprentice should give us a call on 0508 SKILLS (754 557). There’s a couple of forms you’ll need to fill out together, so we’ll send these to you. Once we’ve received and processed your documents, a Skills Account Manager will get in touch with you or your apprentice. They’ll run through an induction so you can kick off your training on the right foot.

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    Managed apprenticeships

    If your workload is patchy or you don’t want the responsibility of managing your own apprentice, there are companies that will let you hire an apprentice to suit your needs. Examples include The Apprentice Training Trust (ATT) and Masterlink.

Are you ready for a trainee?

Now that you know more about the benefits of taking on a trainee, how do you know if you’re ready to take one on?
To check if you and your business are ready to support and get the most out of a trainee, have a think about the following:
  • trainer

    The right person to do training

    Do you have someone in your business who can do the training? The closer they work with the trainee, the better. It could be you, a foreman/supervisor, or another employee who is keen to develop their skills and help teach trainees.

  • time off

    Taking time off for training

    Trainees may need to attend off-job training. This requires time off work. As an employer this may affect your work load while the trainee is away and you'll need to plan for it in advance. Your trainee will be able to tell you when they are required for training. Most employers pay the trainee their wages when they are attending daytime courses.

  • variety

    Variety of work

    You will need to provide your trainee with enough variety of work so they can learn the skills and experience needed to complete their training. If you don't have enough, have a plan to help your trainee get that experience elsewhere. 

Here's how to get started

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    Find a trainee

    The first step is to find a trainee. They might come knocking on your door or you might need to put the word out that you’re looking for one.  Great places to look are within your own personal network or advertise on employment websites like www.seek.co.nz

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    Choose a training provider

    Your trainee is going to need to do some off-job training.  This is the training they do at a training provider, usually in a classroom setting.  This can mean time off work so you need to make sure it suits both of your schedules.  Some training providers need your trainees to attend block courses which can mean days or weeks off the job.  Others will have evening classes or a mix of the two.  

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    Sign up

    Once you and your trainee are ready to get started, you or your trainee should give your preferred training provider a call.  You’ll need to sign up with them directly.

Are you ready for a trainee?

Now that you know more about the benefits of having a trainee in your company, how do you know if you’re ready to take someone on? To check if you and your business are ready to support and get the most out of a trainee, have a think about the following:
  • trainer

    The right person to do training

    Do you have capacity for a person or a team within your business to train your trainee? The closer they work with the trainee, the better. It could be you, a foreman/supervisor, or another employee who is keen to develop their skills and help teach trainees. 

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    A training plan

    You’ll need to have an idea of how you’ll tackle their training. This could be a formalized training plan, or a looser plan that aligns with the training resources. Take the time to think this through as a solid training plan will make the process easier for both you and your trainee.

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    Variety of work

    You will need to provide your trainee with enough variety of work so they can learn the skills and experience needed to complete their qualification. If you don’t have enough, have a plan to help your trainee get that experience elsewhere.

Here's how to get started

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    Find a trainee

    The first step is to find a trainee. They might come knocking on your door or you might need to put the word out that you’re looking for one. Great places to look are within your own personal network or advertise on employment websites like www.seek.co.nz.

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    Contact a contract assessor

    Once you and your trainee are ready to get started, you or your trainee should contact Skills on 0508 SKILLS who will put you in contact with a contract assessor in your area

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    Sign up

    Once you’ve met up with your contract assessor, you’ll need to sign a training agreement. Either you or your contract assessor will send this through to Skills for processing.

Are you ready for an apprentice?

Now that you know more about apprenticeships, how do you know if you’re ready to take on an apprentice? To check if you and your business are ready to support and get the most out of an apprentice, have a think about the following:
  • trainer

    The right person to do training

    Do you have someone in your business who can do the training? The closer they work with the trainee, the better. It could be you, a foreman/supervisor, or another employee who is keen to develop their skills and help train apprentices.

  • time off

    Taking time off for training

    Apprentices may need to take time off for training.  As an employer this my affect your work load while the apprentice is away and you'll need to plan for it in advance. Your apprentice will be able to tell you when they are required for training. Most employers pay the apprentice their wages when they are attending daytime courses.

  • variety

    Variety of work

    You will need to provide your apprentice with enough variety of work so they can learn the skills and experience needed to complete their apprenticeship. If you don't have enough, have a plan to help your apprentice get that experience elsewhere. 

Here's how to get started

  • rfg assess 715x345

    Find an apprentice

    The first step is to find an apprentice. They might come knocking on your door or you might need to put the word out that you’re looking for one. Great places to look are within your own personal network or advertise on employment websites like www.seek.co.nz

  • in good hands apprenticeship signup roofing industry

    Sign up

    Once you and your apprentice are ready to get started, you or your apprentice should give us a call on 0508 SKILLS (754 557). There’s a couple of forms you’ll need to fill out together, so we’ll send these to you. Once we’ve received and processed your documents, a Skills Account Manager will get in touch with you or your apprentice. They’ll run through an induction so you can kick off your training on the right foot.