How to get Your Employer to Give You an Adult Apprenticeship

How to get Your Employer to Give You an Adult Apprenticeship

Since we get asked pretty frequently, ‘How can I get my Employer to give me an Apprenticeship?’ – we got in touch with our mates at NAP (National Apprenticeship Program) to see what we could come up with together.  The main problem we kept hearing was that employers dodged it mostly because it was just ‘too hard’ or they didn’t have the systems set-up to deal with transitioning you from a Trade’s Assistant to an indentured Apprentice.  So here’s a plan to help you convince your Employer how simple it is to put you through an Apprenticeship with the help of NAP…


First Step:  Deserve It

We don’t need to go into much detail here, you truly know if you are a good worker or not and worthy of an apprenticeship.  If you are that person – you know the one – the toe dragging, whinging, it’s all to hard, can we knock off early today etc etc the best ‘Sales Pitch’ in the world is isn’t going to help you and to be honest you don’t deserve an apprenticeship.  So first be ‘the product’ that they want to have around and up-skilled for the next 18 months to 4 years and you’ll greatly increase your chances of getting an apprenticeship.


Second Step:  Approach the Right Person

Relationships can be touchy, funny things and to get what you want often it is wisest to take the path of least resistance.  For example when I was a second year apprentice, quite a few moons ago now, I was bored of the Preventative Maintenance work and wanted to go on the Breakdowns rotating roster shift for more experience.  My immediate Leading Hand was a funny guy and didn’t like change or me really to be honest, so I approached the Maintenance Superintendant who I had a better relationship with after dealing with him in the past and I got the job.

Be really careful, steady and smart here as it can go ‘pear shaped’ my Leading Hand was pretty pissy afterwards for going over his head, but since it was his superior putting me forward and I would be on a rotating shift he didn’t have much pull and I didn’t see him that often anyway.


Third Step:  The Pitch – Make it Easy for You Employer to say ‘YES’

The path of least resistance is what you want for your Employer also.  The easier and quicker it is for them to indenture you the better your chances of getting your apprenticeship.

This is why we approached NAP.  If you don’t know who NAP is here is a link to two previous collaborative CribhutDaily articles they have put together for us – National Apprenticeships Program – Adult Apprenticeships   &  How to land yourself an Adult Apprenticeship .

What we came up with was a ‘One Page Pitch’ you can print out and present to your employer, showing them you are keen, resourceful, willing to help and most of all how easy it can be.

Here it is…


If you first need an Employer before you can hit them up for an Apprenticeship, here is our Free Kickstart Program to help get you in there… 

Disclaimer: Cribhut provides this information with the best intentions, but purely as a guide.  Like most things in life, there are no guarantees.  Your lively hood is your own responsibility and even if following the above recommendations, it is still up to you to do your own research, to be patient, persistent and put in the hard work.

Good Luck!


The team at Cribhut


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