If you are a current supervisor or mentor and would like to contribute a testimonial please send it to the Apprenticeships Manager.
The National Apprenticeship Service offers a range of testimonial videos on their YouTube channel. You may also want to visit the Oxford Apprentices YouTube channel for more video content.
- Plan ahead! Consider hiring an apprentice for jobs within your department that are difficult to fill, areas of high staff turnover and roles that require highly skilled work.
- Get in touch with the Apprenticeships Manager who will help you identify a suitable apprenticeship framework and training provider.
- Choose the right... level of qualification for your apprentice. This will be based on the nationally-recognised qualification he or she will need in the future to be able to work within that role.
- Write and review the job description and spend the necessary time writing, amending and reviewing your job description to make sure it meets your needs.
- Train your supervisors. Training is available for your designated supervisors (line managers) and mentors. Contact the Apprenticeships Manager for more information on these sessions.
- Mentor them up! Provide your apprentice with a mentor that will be able to address any queries or concerns during their employment (extra tip: using an ex-apprentice is a good idea as they will understand the type of support the new recruit needs).
- Give feedback. Always let the apprentice know what they are doing well and where they need to improve to maximise their potential.
- Check up. Schedule regular meetings with your apprentice to see if they are reaching these goals.
- Integrate them. Don’t look at the Apprenticeship as a temporary position. Provide you apprentice with an opportunity to grow within your department.
- Encourage the apprentice to further their skills with a higher Apprenticeship.
- Motivate! Make sure the apprentice feels like an important part of your team by recognising their achievements. We hold an annual Apprenticeship expo & awards in March - check out 2019's event!