We are thinking of taking on one or two employees and are not quite sure what road to go down.
I am worried if we take on older, experienced gardeners there will be tension with them having younger bosses and I am also worried if we take on young lads they will only be in it for the paycheque and have no passion.
I am interested in the apprentice scheme, but have no idea what it is all about. Do any of you have an apprentice? Where did you find them? How do you go about getting one? ect
I have both on my work force and to be honest they are both very useful.
The older experienced gardeners obviously are easier to employ as they know what they are doing but expect to pay a decent amount of money. i think as long as you respect and value their knowledge you will not have a problem with tension. After all you are the businessman the employees are the ones that should have the knowledge of the subject. I always try to employ people far superior to my own knowledge.
Apprentices are great as you can combine using them as cheap labour but making sure you teach them along the way, its about getting the balance right. one word of caution with apprentices though, you may have to kiss several frogs before you find your prince.
I very often put my older experienced gardener with my apprentice and the balance works very well as the passion of the older rubs off on the younger.
I hope you find my comments helpful and good luck!
We haven't gone down the apprentice route, but i had always thought that the low apprentice wage was to partly offset the time the employer will put into the 'partnership', taking time with structured education in employment. Starting at the low point also gives plenty of room for manoeuvre as skill levels rise, which would also be part of the education - ie the more you put in - the more you get out.
Maybe that's just my old fashioned wiew.
Gary @ 360 said:
Please, please do not consider as a route to chep labour as you 'can' pay them below normal NMW rates. I believe that's a lap in their face and gives little incentive or loyalty. We pay a fair rate based on age and experience.
I know some have then apprenticeships on and paid them ( I think £2.60 per hour) and older why they leave etc.
As a matter of interest Gary, do you have to work to a curriculum of sorts or does he just work and learn on site with the jobs you happen to be doing, leaving the teaching side to the college?
I know exactly what you mean about the 'live-wire' aspect. We have always employed a youngster, most just want to 'give it a go' for a year and move on. Some have been great company and others not so.................. but that's life!
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