5 golden rules to get the very best apprentices in logistics & transport businesses

A training expert believes logistics businesses & transport businesses need to pick apprentices very carefully and give them long-term mentoring to get the most out of them. Those tips are among 5 golden rules identified by Andy Percival from training company Pivotal Performance. He has listed the rules to help companies get more from their apprentices and ultimately boost profitability.

Handled correctly, apprentices are a low cost and effective way to fill your business with loyal workers, Andy said. A well chosen apprentice can go on to play a major part in a business, thoroughly learning how the company operates at every level. Its not unheard of for apprentices to rise to the very top in a business. Thats why its so important to get the right people in at the bottom. Managers can follow these five golden rules to ultimately make more money for their businesses.

Andys five golden rules for taking on apprentices are:

1. Know exactly what you want:
Theres no point taking on apprentices just to bolster your workforce. You must look ahead and identify future skill gaps in the business. Todays apprentices are tomorrows skilled workers.

2. Offer the most appealing apprenticeship scheme you can: Offer the best scheme and youll get the best people. Offer a little extra cash than other schemes and make sure you pack the learning into their apprenticeship with a structured training programme. Ongoing mentoring will be a big selling point for apprentices.

3. Spread the message far and wide: Think about where your target audience can be found and advertise your apprenticeship there. Remember local colleges and schools, and tell your current apprentices about the new vacancies. They may have friends looking for work.

4. Be very selective about the people you take on: Interview them thoroughly and take up references. Consider a day long interview in the workplace; its one of the quickest ways to find out who will fit or not.

5. Mentor apprentices: If you take a young person on and expect them to learn all the skills they need from a local college course and observing in the workplace, youd be mistaken. You should mentor them throughout their apprenticeship to ensure they develop the skills that will best benefit the business. Managers should be trained to be able to mentor properly.

Andy runs Pivotal Performances City & Guilds 7303 Award in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector perfect for busy managers

Pivotal Performance trains this course commercially throughout the UK and worldwide.

It packs the learning into a one off course. Unlike an NVQ, there is no portfolio to produce or additional work to be undertaken at the workplace which is very popular with busy supervisors.

The course is very hands on, with a huge amount of personal attention from the trainer to help delegates to achieve the standards they need to pass.

Pivotal Performance is one of the UKs leading training companies, specialising in environmental and health & safety training.

It has a unique way of training people called PPTplus, which teaches delegates how to win commitment from others, not just compliance.

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