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Why should I maintain diverse hiring practice and retain apprentices through COVID-19?

If you’re anything like me, life before COVID-19 feels like a lifetime ago. But the reality is, it was only three months ago that we were able to walk down the street, shoulder to shoulder with each other, frequenting our favorite restaurants, shopping in our favorite brick and mortar stores and working in an actual office building.

The other reality is that there will be a life after COVID-19, and what that life looks like is really up to each of us, especially when it comes to hiring practices and retaining apprentices.

Ron Maxwell, CEO of Verto knows all too well how important diverse hiring and retaining apprentices were prior to the pandemic – and shares a timely reminder that it remains crucial for both business and community sustainability.

“Employers of the future are going to have a very wide selection of job applicants,” he said, “so what we’re saying to employers is to ensure that you have that diversity and spread across your organisation.”

“Generally, those who are mature aged or those with a disability are a lot more loyal. There is a misconception out there that they may come with a higher cost – but that is certainly not the case.”

Ron has recently released a blog post, Why you should maintain diverse hiring practices through COVID-19 and beyond, detailing the positive impact of these hiring practices for individuals, businesses and communities.

Ron also knows, that when it comes to economic downturn, apprentices are often the first to be let go.

“Unfortunately, letting go of apprentices is probably an easy saving for the employer. It is really tough out there, but the issue is a lack of apprentices today means a lack of skills tomorrow,” he said.

However, he notes, it is crucial organisations do all that they can to retain as many apprentices as possible. The skill shortage has been an issue facing Australia long before COVID-19, and the rising unemployment rate could have a lasting impact across the skills sector.

There are also many government incentives available, and not just for those impacted by COVID-19. 

 “I Implore employers out there that have apprentices, if you’re looking and you simply don’t understand these incentives please just contact us, because it’s really critical to keep these apprentices engaged,” he said.

“I always say to people, you look at the cost of getting a plumber to come around now. Think about a few years’ time if there’s less plumbers out there…”

For more information about retaining apprentices, read Ron Maxwell’s post, Why retaining apprentices is more important than ever before.