We all know that employers increasingly want to see hands-on experience in the college grads they hire. In fact, according to an annual survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), 95% of employers said candidate experience is a factor in making hiring decisions.
One of our greater missions at TeamPeople is to connect people to careers they love. This doesn’t just mean for the highly skilled professionals with years of experience, but also for those new to our industry. We feel we have an obligation to help college students get the technical experience they need before entering the workforce. We’re excited to highlight a new program at one of our managed on-site contracts that gives industry newcomers hands on experience learning highly technical skills.
Our client, one of the world’s largest non-governmental organizations (NGOs), has been partnering with TeamPeople to start an “apprentice” program for their multi-media department. Although similar to an internship – which allows potential employees to work at an organization for a fixed period of time, an apprenticeship is a combination of on-the-job training and related instruction in which workers learn the practical and theoretical aspects of a highly skilled occupation.
We are pleased to have placed two apprentices with our client for the summer. One apprentice, Chana, is aligned with the A/V technicians and the other, Warren, works with the IT engineers. Both of our candidates are not only learning new skills, but they contribute to the daily operations of the team. Chana works closely with the technical director on live webcasts and videoconferences. Her responsibilities include setting and testing microphones, helping the on-air talent, and making sure the signal is going out properly. Warren has been immersed with a new help-desk technology and works with the engineers in the testing process of this new state-of-the-art system.
Apprenticeships allow candidates to become part of an organization’s culture as they work to gain hands-on technical experience, a win-win for both the organization and the candidate. It also allows the organization to assess a candidate for potential full-time positions and creates a pipeline of future employees that are already familiar with the business. This past year, the overall internship to job conversion rate rose to 51% in the United States, which leads us to believe organizations like the idea of “test driving” talent before hiring them for a permanent position. Setting up this type of apprenticeship program allows teams to take advantage of short-term support, while the candidate gets to learn skills they could only acquire in an on-site environment.
TeamPeople has a permanent group of employees that support this client’s media/broadcast/AV departments. Chana and Warren have become a critical part of the success and growth of this team. The program has been a great avenue for streamlining internal work-flow and efficiencies as well as providing hands on experience for this next generation of talent.