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Think about your perfect candidate

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: January 30, 2014

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RECRUITING an apprentice is not always successful, but employers who are clear in their minds about what they want are more likely to find the right candidates.

Start by writing a clear job description of the role you are creating. In the early stages it's the same as employing anyone. Think of an apprenticeship simply as a job with training. Your ideal candidate might not exist, but you will know what you are looking for.

Next, choose a training provider. There are many training providers delivering apprenticeships in North Devon and Torridge. There are local as well as national providers and you need to decide for yourself who you want to work for, just as you would choose an accountant or marketing supplier.

To help businesses, the Employment and Skills Board has created a matrix showing at a glance which training providers deliver different types of apprenticeships across a variety of sectors and job roles.

Call at least three to get a feel for whether a provider is a good match for your business. Remember that they are selling a service, so sometimes it pays to shop around.

Once your chosen provider has helped you identify the apprenticeship "framework", eg, IT or gardening, that fits your needs, you can advertise your vacancy for free.

Ask your training provider to add it to the National Apprenticeships Service website. During the Apprenticeship Campaign, this is the place we direct young people and jobseekers for local opportunities.

Up to 60% of jobs are thought to go unadvertised, so the Journal is supporting the Apprenticeship Campaign by providing a number of recruitment pages to help.

Advertising your vacancy on the NAS site adds it to the government Universal Jobmatch system where it will also be picked up by online job search tools including "Indeed" as well as by Careers South West. These services all ensure your vacancy reaches as many potential candidates as possible.

See this week's apprenticeship vacancies on page 65.

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