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Why your organisation will benefit from inexperienced talent

You probably recognise this: endless job descriptions with fifteen (or more) requirements that job applicants must satisfy. After all, even if you urgently need new talent, you still want the right person in the right place. What’s important to you is that a new employee has the relevant experience, right? However, this often means rejecting young, recently graduated applicants. Many of them don’t even get the chance to prove themselves in a job interview. 

Did you know that young, inexperienced starters often perform better than the experienced staff members that have been on board for ages? By offering young, talented individuals a targeted and carefully designed traineeship you, as a business enterprise, can be assured of reaping the rewards from your investment in them. Now, what is a traineeship exactly, and how can trainees contribute to positive change within your organisation? Here is a summary. 

What is a traineeship?

A person seeking their first job often encounters many obstacles along the way. To quickly gain practical experience, starters often scroll through the extensive offering of internships on job websites. Companies can post their internship vacancies here, but it is much better to go all in with a complete and detailed traineeship programme. A traineeship is a paid job, usually full-time, where trainees rotate among several projects. It prepares young talent for an in-company position within your organisation. Trainees get plenty of development opportunities. Through on-the-job experience they can better decide which role they want to take up for the coming years. Because that is, after all, what they are seeking. What do you get? High potentials that make an impact across departments. Additionally, they can make a well-balanced decision on where to land a fixed position at the end of your traineeship. Would you like more information about the difference between traineeships and internships? Learn more about this here

Never underestimate the power of a trainee

So, how is it that inexperienced trainees can be so successful?  

The driving force behind change

A trainee lacks experience – that is a given. However, most trainees can quickly turn this into an advantage. Bursting with enthusiasm, they want to make the difference. As a result, they eagerly go in search of information that will help them handle complex issues like a real pro. They are faced with new situations practically every day, from which it soon becomes clear that learning quickly is the only option. They gain new insights daily and are the driving force behind change at your organisation. 

Achieving results together

To bring about that change, it is only natural that trainees rely on the knowledge and expertise of their colleagues. They possess a strong dose of empathy and have outstanding social skills. This enables them to connect easily with other people. As they are used to working in a group, they have a tendency to ignore unwritten rules. Their unbridled enthusiasm propels them to seek connection across a company’s various divisions. And that enthusiasm is highly infectious! As a result, mobilising people around them is often one of their specialities. 

High capacity for learning

In addition to the personality, drive and behaviour of a trainee, a high capacity for learning should also be at the top of an organisation’s list of requirements. Trainees who possess these competencies, but who also easily switch to a growth mindset, find it much easier to prioritise. A short induction period is often enough for them to deliver added value.

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The boldness to ask questions

Based on their open-minded attitude and fuelled by their self-confidence, trainees go in search of the right people to answer their questions in a targeted manner. They consolidate the information they have gathered into innovative insights and know how to expose lacunas or conflicts. Also, it is easy for them to achieve a steep learning curve because they have learned how to reflect and give feedback from an early age.   

Cross-pollination

Koppel trainees aan meer ervaren collega’s en er ontstaat een prachtige kruisbestuiving. De nieuwsgierige en onbevangen houding van de trainees aan de ene kant, de kennis ervaring van de organisatie aan de andere kant. Deze kruisbestuiving werkt goed als de ervaren collega’s ook een groeimindset hebben en ervoor open staan om bij te leren van een onervaren collega. Want leren verslaat weten, op elk moment.

10 tips for a good traineeship

Checklist

Strengthen the power of open-minded trainees

Do you need help to make the most of the strength of those young, inexperienced starters? Use this convenient checklist to develop a good traineeship at your organisation.