Inducting your apprentice or trainee - video transcript
Having a new apprentice or trainee start in your workplace is an exciting time for everyone.
The first thing you and your apprentice or trainee should do is complete a thorough and comprehensive induction.
This will not only help you get the most from your apprentice or trainee, but it’s also the best way to ensure they start their new career in the safest, most well-informed way possible.
The apprentice or trainee’s induction must be carried out during their probationary period by their workplace supervisor and your Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider.
So what needs to be covered in a proper induction?
Well, here’s a handy checklist of what should always be included as your apprentice or trainee is inducted into your workplace:
- an overview of the business
- a tour of the workplace and introductions to other employees
- an explanation of your apprentice or trainee’s role and responsibilities
- expectations of all parties – employer, supervisor, apprentice or trainee, AASN provider, and the supervising registered training organisation delivering the training
- an explanation of working conditions including wages, working hours, start and finish times, dress code, breaks, leave and other entitlements
- workplace health and safety protocols, including fire and evacuation procedures
- everyone’s responsibility and obligations under the training contract
- administrative procedures
- who and where to go to if there's a problem.
Covering every one of these points properly will ensure your apprentice or trainee is fully prepared for the job ahead.
Remember, making your new employee feel welcome and part of the team is the first step in building a positive and productive work environment.
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