EFP 124: The Rise of the Apprentice

Justin Cooke

January 23, 2015

The concept of apprenticeships is far from new, having started primarily in the Middle Ages with tradesmen. When you think of apprentices today, you’ll likely envision manual labor: carpenters, electricians, and the like.

But there’s something different going on today – a rising trend of aspiring entrepreneurs looking for a new way to work.

Introducing the Apprenticeship Model

Gone are the days when you could rely on your employers to provide work for 25-30 years and a generous retirement. With the rise of the internet, specialization is allowed that was only dreamed of just 20 years ago.

In this episode, Joe and I will discuss the merits of the entrepreneurial apprentice movement and a provide a How-To when it comes to Finding, vetting, hiring, and training a new apprentice for your business.

Check Out This Week’s Episode Here:

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Topics Discussed This Week:

  • Employee, Contractor, or Apprentice – How to choose?
  • Preparing & Publishing the apprentice offer
  • How to get applicants for your apprenticeship
  • Funneling apprentice applicants
  • Pulling off a successful interview
  • Selecting & Hiring your new apprentice
  • Training & Expectations


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“Spend least amount of time at top of funnel and most amount of time at the bottom” – Justin – Tweet This!

“A cultural fit is more important with an apprentice” – Joe – Tweet This!

Have you ever hired an apprentice? Been an apprentice? We’d love to hear your comments!

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  1. Tim Conley says:

    The glitter bomb biz has huge legal liabilities. The company is likely to get sued for damages and the person who hits a house with glitter could get criminally charged for vandalism.

    • Justin Cooke says:

      Hey Tim,

      I usually scoff a bit when I hear “legal liabilities” with new businesses, but I do share your concern in this instance. Still – I think they have a much harder challenging turning the short-term press into a long-term asset. The legal issues are just icing on the cake here! (Or the turd, I guess)

  2. Thanks for the GN mention, guys!

    Hope I wasn’t TOO useless in my first two months. ;)

    One thing I’d add to the episode is to encourage your other hires/apprentices to get to know the new hire and show him/her the ropes.

    When we first hired Mike, I caught him up to speed on a few of our processes while you guys were holding events in other countries.

    It’s one thing to have your boss catch you up, but having someone teach you who has been exactly where you are now brings something else to the table. Helps you get a good look at the company’s culture from another perspective and bonding among co-workers is always good.

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