One of the keys to making an Apprentice feel welcome is a good induction process that offers continued managerial support. This could potentially be the difference between learning, failing and then learning again or,worse still, someone leaving or staying in the organisation.
It is worth remembering that young people (the Apprentice) often come from a very structured school environment and they need firm guidance when they first join together with support to help them make the transition and first step into a workplace environment.
Starting with a structured approach, potentially task basedand supervised, and then moving gradually to more empowerment and autonomy (within reason of course) would support this transition.
It is also equally as important to prepare the existing workforce to ensure they are fully equipped to welcome and support the new starter, and they have sufficient time and the skill/knowledge to be able to train/coach someone else.
Having an on-going contact with schools helps both the employer and the apprentice being better prepared and ready for a fruitful experience for all.