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07 December, 2016

Recruiting the right apprentice or trainee can be a daunting task for many employers, so starting the process as early as possible is a smart idea.

With Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) results released at the end of this month and first-round university offers announced in late January, the job market will quickly become inundated with young people looking for opportunities.

Businesses that open their 2017 recruitment program now have a distinct competitive advantage, according to Apprenticeship Support Australia Manager Lena Constantine.

“Starting the search for your apprentice or trainee as young people finish up with their studies provides you time and choice to find the candidate that best fits your business,” Constantine advises.

“A young person who is already searching for and is ready to apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship opportunity shows great initiative.”

Here’s what to look for when recruiting:

  1. A sense of passion and enthusiasm, not only for the specific role but also for the aims of your company.
  2. A respect for timeliness, deadlines and professional courtesies.
  3. The ability to effectively communicate ideas and collaborate with others.
  4. The willingness to volunteer for activities that may be outside of the role’s requirements.
  5. The desire to ask for help or ask questions.
  6. An ability to receive and apply feedback.
  7. A positive and happy attitude.

Keep an open mind

Constantine also recommends employers keep an open mind when recruiting and not limit their search to only school leavers.

“In the current job market, there are many candidates looking to retrain and begin careers in new industries,” she says.

“Employers should not discount candidates they may not have traditionally considered – often they have transferable skills and offer a fresh perspective to the job role.”

Employers are encouraged to place their job advertisements on Apprenticeship Support Australia’s Skillsroad website at no cost. With more than 90,000 users nationally, employers can advertise employment opportunities directly to jobseekers.

► Need help or advice on taking on an apprentice? Contact Apprenticeship Support Australia today on 1300 363 831 or