Benefits of Entry Level Workers to your Business in IT
As ICT professionals get promoted, or the demand for more support grows as online services get busier – so does the struggle to find good talent.
Vacancy rates in tech are 60% higher than the national average, with a significant shortage when it comes to more experienced roles. As it stands at the moment, this need is still expected to grow. The government has set a target of 1.2 million tech jobs by 2030.
That’s why when it comes to succession planning for any business in IT – it’s crucial to include entry-level workers in your plan.
Why Hire Entry-Level Staff in IT ?
The benefits of hiring entry-level employees in IT in the early stages of demand speak for themselves:
- Hit the ground running
Entry-level workers bring in fresh new energy with them into the workplace. After coming from university, a traineeship or other prior training and work experience, entry-level workers are highly motivated and eager to get some paid experience and prove themselves.
- You can train them in your preferred methods or practices
Compared to mature experienced workers, entry-level talent is less likely to be ingrained in their processes and more likely to be open to learning and adapting to a particular way of getting things done.
- Great at working with limited budgets
After coming fresh from working on projects for portfolios, new entry-level workers may also bring in more scope when creating solutions that work with limited resources. While older and more experienced workers may be more cautious with their work, new entry-level workers often have a fearlessness that lets them just go for it and come up with new innovative ideas to improve work.
- Asking questions can be great for everyone’s learning, not just theirs
Hiring entry-level IT workers also allows your current employees to be teachers and mentors to someone working under them. Not only does this give them an invaluable experience in teaching and managing, but it also allows them to revisit the reasons why things are currently done in the workplace. Giving a great chance to look at something with new eyes and develop new ideas for optimising current processes.
- Succession planning
While you also may need higher technical skills and knowledge in your IT company or department, it is also important to contribute to developing these skills. Particularly when there is a large shortage of these skills in Australia, many senior specialists tend to pursue overseas opportunities. By supporting young IT talent and professionals, you can have more opportunities to secure great IT talent and secure your business’s digital future.
- Focus the foundational worker on one person so that senior roles can do more
A lot of the responsibilities of specialist workers often are repetitive or ‘foundational,’ which may not be as fulfilling for senior workers to complete. In order to boost productivity and employee retention, companies are therefore delegating these responsibilities to automation or an entry-level worker.
- They are the next generation
As the next generation of workers, you will need them eventually. Starting now will help you keep connections in the generation to ensure you can continue hiring new employees.
- Increase employee retention
One of the common issues in hiring in tech is employee retention. Many companies are offering great opportunities when someone has developed more knowledge and skills in IT. Hiring an IT trainee especially means they can potentially stay with you for at least 2 years, the duration of their certificate. As they spend more time invested in developing your company, and the company vice versa in their development, they may be more likely to stay on longer.
Experience Often is a Barrier to Entry for IT Graduates
While ICT has a lot of demand for technical skills and knowledge, one of the most significant barriers for potential candidates to be recognised for their abilities by an employer is experience. Especially for entry-level jobs.
An Information Technology Traineeship helps support a new employee with an interest in IT to learn practical skills and theoretical knowledge through a mix of classroom and on-the-job training. While you provide supervision, training and a place to work, a Group Training Organisation such as 1300apprentice covers the TAFE/RTO fees and management of completing the certificate.
We’re with you and your entry-level hire every step of the way. From screening, background checks and testing in the recruiting process, induction to prepare for the job and performance monitoring.
So you can have more confidence in the hiring process.
Trainees and apprentices are awarded a lower rate as they are still learning. At the end of every traineeship, there will also be an employee with more skills and experience. Better still, you will already be familiar with how they work.
Get Help with your Entry-Level IT Hire
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Get in touch with us today, and our team can help walk you through the process.