Finding the right person to take on a role and stay for the long term is one of the greatest challenges for business, with statistics indicating staff retention costs the Australian economy billions each year. So here are four alternative tips for better human resourcing and the benefits to be gained from it.
Work experience has traditionally been fostered through educational institutions like schools and universities. But increasingly business and prospective employees are noting the benefits gained from temporary stints in the workplace, and policy makers are also fostering this enthusiasm through initiatives like the Transition to Work scheme.
Work experience allows young workers to gain an insight into an industry to understand its challenges and day-to-day workings while also gaining skills. For business, it allows managers to see a prospective employee in action, revealing far more than any interview can. It enables business to ascertain whether a young worker might, with training or further education, have the right mindset for the job. Positive, nurturing and time saving environments like this are created by The Father James Grant Foundation in every program. Find out how Crown Casino’s human resourcing benefited from their last “Mission Engage” program right here in Melbourne.
Partnered training provides business with a way to have an external entity train potential staff that they may then take on. It involves a business utilising a training organisation to deliver industry-relevant skills and involves an accredited on-the-job component provided by the business.
How does it benefit human resourcing? For business, this means they not only have a pool of prospective staff trained directly for their industry, but they see them in action, on the job. For students it provides real-world credentials and on-the-job experience that they can include in their résumé.
Why go through the rigmarole of advertising to the general public when you can put out the feelers via an organisation? Schools, TAFEs, universities and training organisations can provide some of the best candidates for jobs when business targets them specifically for recruits.
This particularly applies to entry level positions, like cadetships, junior wait staff, graphic designers and architects, where there is an appreciation that enthusiasm coupled with knowledge equal a great employee. Techniques like these are aimed at saving time and money in human resourcing.
The trades have traditionally excelled in this sphere, where the final component of credentials involves an apprenticeship. Affordable for the employer and advantageous to the employee, vocational training involves the last portion of study incorporating a workplace role.
There are government incentives for apprenticeships, while the business is required to provide time for study and acknowledgement of skill levels achieved on the job. The benefits speak for themselves and the future is likely to see vocational training extend far beyond the trades.
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The Father James Grant Foundation provides a link between business and potential employees through its Mission Engage program that targets human resourcing head on. Our aim is to furnish disengaged youth with the skills and confidence to be the generation that shapes the future whilst improving human resourcing for business with youth designed for their vacant positions. Take a look at how we’re doing it with businesses here.