By Paul Field – CEO @ Improved Apps
Apprenticeships – A Time And A Place
Apprenticeships have always been a very effective way of bringing new people into an organisation. They provide a programme that establishes a way of passing on skills, knowledge and expertise from the experienced to the inexperienced. Possibly with the benefit of rose-tinted glasses, apprenticeships conjure an image of a grey-haired, patient and knowledgeable old-hand benevolently guiding and directing the fresh-faced new starter through to success and productivity.
Many of these apprenticeship programmes perished or contracted over cycles of recession and cost cutting: Why invest in the inexperienced when you can hire experience cheaply?
The reality is, that whilst it is very possible to hire people with a history, it is never going to be exactly what your organisation needs. As a result, all companies have introduced some kind of on-boarding programme to cram as much information as possible into the heads of new starters. Unfortunately, people forget what they have been taught and do so pretty quickly with the resulting need for the organisation to create swathes of content to provide on-going access to required information.