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7 ways to find the right apprentice

Published on 18th January 2023

Finding apprentices for small trades businesses can be a difficult task, but if you keep the below points in mind, you should be able to find a suitable candidate.

  1. Work with local educational institutions: One of the best ways to find an apprentice is to work with local educational institutions such as high schools, vocational schools, and community colleges. Many of these institutions have programs that offer students hands-on experience in various trades and professions. By partnering with these institutions, you can connect with potential apprentices and even offer internships or work-study programs to students.

  2. Advertise on job boards: Job boards are an excellent resource for finding potential apprentices. Many job boards specialize in trade jobs and apprenticeships, so you can post your job opening and attract candidates who are specifically interested in apprenticeships.

  3. Social media: Keep an eye out on local Facebook community groups. Every so often, a driven individual will do a post about what kind of apprenticeship they are seeking. Alternatively, a post in a community group yourself about the apprenticeship on offer could also be an equally good way of finding the right person. You can also post your job opening on these platforms and use targeted advertising to reach your desired audience.

  4. Attend networking events: Networking events are a great way to meet potential apprentices or even people who know of someone who is looking for a apprentice opportunity.

  5. Reach out to industry associations: Industry associations and trade organizations can be a great resource for finding potential apprentices. They often have job boards and member directories where you can post your job opening and connect with potential candidates.

  6. Offer incentives to employees: Your current employees may know someone who would be a good fit for your apprenticeship program. Maybe even consider offering incentives to employees who refer someone who is ultimately hired as an apprentice.

  7. Contact local community organizations: Local community organizations such as job centers, workforce development centers, and community-based organizations may be able to connect you with potential apprentices.

When finding apprentices it is important to remember that it is not only about finding the right candidate but also about providing them with the right training and mentorship. A good apprenticeship program should provide hands-on training, classroom instruction, and on-the-job experience, as well as mentorship and support.

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