For some time now we have been discussing the merits of hiring an apprentice but not really getting round to doing it. I have spoken to a number of friends and colleagues who all seem to have had good experiences and who spoke very highly of the apprentices they had employed. For a number of reasons however, we have been procrastinating and coming up with excuses.
Then at the beginning of this year we moved into new bigger offices and I had run out of these excuses so we decided to bite the bullet and go for it and I am glad we did.
The whole process of hiring an apprentice actually turned out to be incredibly quick and I was quite pleasantly surprised by the calibre of these 16/17 year olds who sent in their CV’s and then visited us for an interview.
For us however one candidate really stood out, not only did they interview well but they had a really creative looking CV and a portfolio of their recent work, something I would have definitely not been able to provide at the same age. We consequently made an offer to Brandon out new 16 year old apprentice and he started just a few days later.
So how has it gone? Well its early days but so far it’s been fantastic and I have been properly blown away by just how good this young man appears to be.
Brandons, interests are around graphic design and video production and that’s just what we needed to spice up our sales and marketing campaigns, so the fit is perfect. In the short time he has been with us he has built half a dozen landing pages, a couple of email templates and an awesome whiteboard explainer video and he has another masterpiece on the way.
Brandon has fantastic skills when it comes to using technology, specifically the Adobe creative suite and seems to be able to pick up and run with anything we throw at him. I am sure his technical abilities are partly a generational thing and partly the fact he has a real passion for what he is doing and seems really keen to learn and challenge himself.
I have also been impressed by how little information I need to provide for him to achieve what I am looking for, it’s generally just a quick overview and he seems to nail it.
As I say, it’s still early days but so far the signs are good, the work ethic is strong and I am convinced that Brandon has a bright future ahead of him and we will be doing all we can to support him and give him the opportunities he needs.
If you are reading this and you are thinking of getting an apprentice I definitely think you should give it a shot and avoid the procrastination. It seems there are lots of bright enthusiastic young men and women out there that would relish the chance to do some interesting and challenging work. It was a while ago now but I remember what I was like back then, the world seemed so full of possibilities and my enthusiasm was boundless, yes I made some mistakes (some that still make me cringe) but I feel our office is a better place now because we now have someone with this unbridled enthusiasm and I truly believe that’s appositive thing
Yes I am sure a few mistakes will be made along the way but that’s how we learn so I am not worried by that, quite the opposite.
So my advice to you is look at what part of your business needs a fresh approach and could do with an injection of life and consider an apprentice. You may well find it’s a refreshing, fulfilling and worthwhile experience.
By the way you can check out Brandons first video here, with more to come soon