BOSSES in western Sydney are attending a seminar at Blacktown TAFE College tomorrow(Tuesday August 27) to help them attract and retain their young employees.
The “Be the best boss ... techniques for managing Gen Y to achieve business success” is an initiative of Australian Business Apprenticeships Centre, TAFE NSW Western Sydney Institute and the Automotive Training Board as part of National Skills Week celebrations.
ABAC general manager Andrew Williams said Generation Y employees are today’s fastest growing labour force but less than 45 per cent of the apprentices would complete their four years of training.
“This seminar will educate employers about the generational differences that are challenging ‘old school’ management practices and providing them with ‘tools’ they can use to keep their Gen Ys engaged from sign-up to completion of their training,” he said.
The Blacktown Sun spoke with Platinum Electrical Contractors general manager Nick Richardson and one of his nine apprentices, Ryan Grant, 21, of Springwood on how apprentices can be better managed.
Nick Richardson rose from being a tradesman to company general manager in about 10 years.
● Earned $5.48 cent an hour in his first year of apprenticeship and received the treatment meted out in the 2000s.
● Unlike past practice, he holds regular meetings with apprentices and management staff to find out how they are progressing.
● He encourages questions and input from the Gen Ys, although it can take a while before they have the confidence to speak up.
● As Gen Y apprentices crave ownership of their work, we encourage our tradesmen to offer them small tasks so they have a sense of participation as well as experience a sense of personal achievement.
Third year apprentice Ryan Grant.
● Earned $7.80 an hour in his first year, rising to $12 in his second year, $14 in his third year and $15 in his fourth year, plus overtime.
● Wants to learn all the skills required for his trade.
● Wants to make his trade a career.
● Wants to enjoy his job.
● Learning to use modern tools to make work more efficient.
● Looking forward to becoming an employee on completion of his apprenticeship.
For more information about the event, or to register, contact the Australian Business Apprenticeships Centre on 1300192322.