Where Have All the Apprenticeships Gone?

The real problem: Apprenticeship has all but disappeared.

If you want great people to work for you, find the great ones, and teach them what you want them to know.

The problem: Apprenticeship has all but disappeared.

Employers expect that people arrive pre-packed and already loaded, like a human Zip drive (remember those?). And oddly enough, we are not.

My aha moment: If you want great people to work for you, find the great ones, and teach them what you want them to know.

This article originally appeared as a guest post for Lead Change Group.

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In apprenticeship lies an opportunity to solve 3 critical problems:

1. The need for a skilled employee pipeline

If you take the time to build a core competency and mastery program based on key fundamentals, metrics and lots of TLC over a 12-24 month timeline with the promise of employment, you will get EXACTLY the skills you need as you need them and you will slow your turnover problems.

2. The fact that people want to work where there is a great vision and trusted core values.

Here is where the TLC really pays off. When you let your employees and apprentices know what you stand for and why you do what you do, you grab not just their minds and hands but their hearts.

3. Solutions for other businesses who struggle with the same issue.

It isn’t just you. If you are struggling with finding skilled labor in your community, then someone else is too. Rather than see this as hardship (I know you are busy…) see it as opportunity. You can be very creative. Think of the possibilities.

Young people apply for jobs, knowing they don’t have skills but craving the opportunity to learn. Employers used to provide on-the-job training and mastery programs. That is exactly what they now need to do again.

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Ruth Schwartz is the author of "The Key to the Golden Handcuffs". She is a high performance business consultant and leadership coach. Connect with Ruth to participate in the conversation. Google+, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube .