Transform your workplace into a learning workplace and reap the benefits when you hire young people.
You’ll soon discover how much young people want to secure their independence, make money and get in to the workforce to start experiencing adult-life.
Below are a few key pointers when hiring a young person who will blossom in a learning workplace.
The application stage
Young people generally have limited work experience so you should focus on:
- Their grades – consistent grades indicate an ability to apply themselves to a task
- Extra-curricular activities – indicates an ability to prioritise and multi-task
- Involvement in sport / team-based activity – indicates good discipline, focus and ability to work in a team. Even better if they have undertaken refereeing or umpiring activities which indicates they have a level head, can make decisions and deal with conflict
- Their part-time, casual, or voluntary work experience— indicates initiative, a good work ethic, customer service skills, forward thinking and planning.
The interview stage:
- Presentation – indicates how they will act if employed. Look for neatly attired, polite and on time graduates
- Well-prepared – someone who has researched your business and understands your needs uses their initiative and is passionate about working
- A plan – they know what they want and how a job can kick-start their career.
Create a Learning Workplace
Employers must be encouraged to create a workplace where young people are treated as learners as well as workers.
It’s so important employers invest in training because if you think training is expensive, try ignorance.
For employers and young people to get the most out of the experience, Sarina Russo Job Access has developed a five-point action plan for both parties:
Young Person’s Action Plan
- Learn as much as you can. On-the-job training provides a wonderful opportunity to learn from experienced staff. A can-do optimistic attitude is priceless.
- Get a workplace mentor. They will act as a role model, help build a rapport with co-workers and create a communication channel with the boss.
- Put in an extra effort. When you go above and beyond the call of duty employers notice. If you do the ordinary task extraordinarily well, your employer is more likely to promote you in the future.
- Keep your boss informed about the training needs and always ask questions to ensure you understand your instructions.
- Enhance your skills. Look for opportunities to practise on-the-job skills outside of work.
Employer Action Plan
- Use clear, simple language to explain why tasks are done in a certain way. Take the time to demonstrate the correct way to do the task and check they understand your instructions.
- Allow them time to practise the skills they learn at work and ask for and give feedback.
- Identify and resolve problems before they affect work performance or relationships
- Offer them a variety of work tasks to keep the job interesting and challenging.
- Use positive reinforcement to recognise the achievements, such as a special mention at a staff meeting or an article in the company newsletter.
By creating a learning workplace you’ll maximise your company’s ability to take advantage of 5 employments benefits young people can bring to your business.
- Understanding new technology.
- Preparedness to travel.
- High energy level.
- Natural multi-tasking skills.
There are also financial incentives if you hire a young candidate registered with a jobactive provider. A Federal Government incentive of $6,500 is available for eligible young jobseekers aged between 15-29 if they are employed for an average of 20 hours per week over six months.
Even better for Queensland employers the $20,000 Queensland Government Youth Boost Initiative is available for hiring eligible 15-24 year olds.