We’re a huge fan of apprenticeships at Virtual PA Co. It’s a great way to get people into work who otherwise would potentially be overlooked by the recruiting masses. Having an apprentice focuses the attention of the remainder of the team, because to keep the newbie fulfilled, learning, and – let’s face it – useful, the team have to delegate.
Our new apprentice Demie arrived this week and is already proving to be a treasure. Our team can be possessive about their work because they care so much about their clients but it’s interesting how the energy changes when a new apprentice arrives. Suddenly everyone has to think about what they’re doing that could easily be done by Demie instead, and not because it’s a lowly task or a dull one, but actually because she’s damn good at it!
As an observer, company founder, (and huge fan of delegation) who is not necessarily required or welcome to interfere unless really needed (I’m delighted to say), it is delightful to see the team start to think, plan, benefit and enjoy delegating to someone who is keen, learning, occupied and lining herself up for a pretty super job at the end of her apprenticeship.