Advice for parents about the career options for their children

5 ways your child can turn their apprenticeship into a full-time role

Turning an apprenticeship into a full-time role is a fantastic way for your child to start a career in their chosen field. That's a fact known all too well by Adam Bytheway, who became a Mechanical Technician at chemical manufacturer Chemoxy International in 2016 after a successful apprenticeship with the company. In this article, he shares his top tips on how your child can turn their apprenticeship into a full-time role.

Doing an apprenticeship is a fantastic way for your child to develop their skills while also getting some hands-on experience in the workplace, but employers aren't obligated to offer them a full-time job once they've completed it. That means that, while they're on the job, they need to give the best possible impression, show their enthusiasm for learning, and ultimately demonstrate how they can become a key asset for the company going forward. In this article, I'm going to talk you through five ways you can help your son or daughter stand out from the crowd and have the best chance of securing full-time employment.

Finding the right apprenticeship

If your child is looking to do an apprenticeship with the goal of finding eventual employment, then you need to help them find a company that offers a long-term programme. Employers that offer these initiatives are generally more interested in developing talent over a number of years and will ultimately want to get something back in return for the time they put in. Apprenticeships that don't offer this pose a challenge as, even if your child does an outstanding job, there may not be a role available for them.

Having the right attitude

At the beginning of their apprenticeship, your child won't be expected to be an expert - that's why they're doing an apprenticeship! What an employer will expect, and what they'll be looking for in a full-time employee, are qualities such as a good work ethic, dedication to the job, and reliability. Showing enthusiasm and having a willingness to get stuck into the job at hand and absorb new knowledge will pay dividends in the long run.

Earning their trust

Having the right attitude and working hard will help your child earn their employer's trust over time. This is key when it comes to securing a long-term role, as someone who isn't trusted won't be hired. Teach your child that the best way to build trust is to do what is asked of them in a positive manner, continuing to broaden their skillset, and going above and beyond the call of duty where possible. A great way for them to make a fantastic impression early is to complete a job to a high standard before their boss expects them to.

Building relationships

Getting to know colleagues and building a good working relationship with their apprenticeship mentor is vital when it comes to securing a long-term future at the company. Building relationships with people from other areas of the business can also help to give them an idea of where their career could go, and the path they might have to take to get there. Many young apprentices waste an opportunity by being shy around other staff members, so it could be a good idea for them to practice some conversational strategies, especially if they suffer from a lack of confidence.

Find out where they stand

As the apprenticeship goes on, your child should be having regular review meetings every two months or so. These will offer them the chance to get some feedback on the work they have been doing and find out what the next few months have in store. As they get towards the end of their apprenticeship contract - say 9 months into a 12-month contract - they need to find out what their employer's plans are for them. If a job cannot be guaranteed, they need to find out whether there is anything they can do in the last few months to secure employment or what other future opportunities might be available to them.

While landing a job isn't always down to factors within their control, by following these tips your child will be in the best position to secure employment at the end of their apprenticeship.