• Having a bad relationship with their boss or co-workers.
• Having a poor commitment to their training.
• A lack of a strong support network such as friends and family.
• A lack of structured training.
• Availability of other career paths.
Although some of the factors influencing dropout rates are driven by their own motivation, creating a positive environment can help improve apprentice commitment. Here are some practical things you can do to keep your apprentices happy:
1. Make a good first impression
It might go without saying, but keeping your apprentices engaged early on goes a long way to keeping them happy and motivated. Up to 60% of apprentices drop out in their first year. So making the right first impression makes a big difference in retaining them for the long run.
2. Get to know your apprentices
It is important to ensure your apprentices are highly engaged with your business, which helps them to feel safer, focused and in turn, more productive. Building strong relationships and knowing their strengths goes a long way to making them feel truly comfortable in their working environment as well. You should also challenge them so they grow and develop their skills, but also provide adequate support and direction when they need it. Your role a boss should be multi-faceted – mentor, teacher and supporter.
3. Provide structured on the-job training
One of the most common causes of apprentice disengagement is the lack of structured training and this can be remedied through open communication, strong planning and ensuring they have clear goals. Making apprentices aware of milestones and achievements is a great way to motivate them and provide them with a big picture mentality.