Ep #02: Efficiencies


It can be hard to spot all of the inefficiencies that plague your programs, so I’m here to explain what those might look like and how to turn your program into an efficient machine. Working with various apprenticeship programs has given me the opportunity to hear about and pinpoint what makes them inefficient, and today I’m sharing some of my best tips and tricks for finding and solving common efficiency issues.

Listen in as I provide examples of what can slow things down, as well as where delegation is key. You’ll learn when it makes sense to hire people for tasks, where the director’s attention should be, and some quick, simple solutions that will help keep things running smoothly.

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What You'll Learn In Today's Episode:

  • Common inefficiencies in apprenticeship programs.

  • Where to start when spotting and solving inefficiencies.

  • The importance of delegation and allowing the director to do what they do best.

  • A real life example of where staffing and delegation comes in.

  • Why you may need to hire staff or hire “out.”

  • What makes systems, policies, and procedures so important.

  • Examples of systems you need to fix.

Ideas Worth Sharing:

“You need to try to figure out what THAT is that’s eating up all of the director’s time that should be delegated down, so that they are focusing on the big picture issues that really have the biggest impact to your apprenticeship program.” - Jennifer Germaine

“Once you get really clear on the tasks the director is taking on that should be delegated down, it may be time to start hiring that out.” - Jennifer Germaine

 “If you’re looking to get things off your plate—and you don’t have the staffing ability at that moment to delegate to—you have to take the small things off and hire the cheapest individuals first.” - Jennifer Germaine

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