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Hi everyone

After working 6 daus a week for last 5 weeks and feeling and still receiving more job requests for regular garden maintenance  I am seriously considering taking on an apprentice...im currently a one man band and have weekly and fortnightly customers and  would be really interested in whats involved, how much to pay what time tgey may need for college or not? If anyone has done this this year and knows what i need to do or pit falls etc i would really appreciate any and all feedback?

Thank you

Niall

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    Strongly suggest you contact your local Agri College as, if like our local colleges, they can help advertise,  recruit, sort out paperwork for suitable course and deal with finances ( grants etc ).

    If you have a likely candidate in mind, then they will also help organise the above ...

  • PRO

    Done it, and got the t shirt!

    I took on a 16 year old 2 years ago he has just finished his apprenticeship - overall I would do it again.

    The catches.... you have to keep the college "on-side" they can be real bu**ers or totally helpful. There is one near me that insists the apprentice always works literally alongside me 100% of the time (ridiculous imo) - another local college basically didnt care less.

    If you manage to get a 16 year old you get £1000 in 2 £500 hits... that is nice.

    You train the person in the way you work - and it does work.

    Think about holidays - that one has hit me, and we now take holiday at the same times

    Any queries PM me, good luck in finding the right one.

     

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