Some companies have a special room for the apprentices: They establish an "apprentice club", for example, for social activities or they promote socialising with apprentices from partner companies.
Example construction company Hans Ulrik Jensen A/S, Denmark
The contracting company with 100 employees has found a radical solution: In 2006 they bought a whole building for the apprentices!
The young people are in charge of everything themselves: idea development, planning, economy, remodeling work and making reports.
The apprentices work on the project, when the company can spare time from production.
Through the project, the apprentices' independence as well as teamwork is promoted - and it's fun too!
With this building, the apprentices not only have their own place. They are also practising the company's motto "Successful construction".
Management and the company's own engineers support the project group actively.
Before the project, they identified a need for internal company courses, for example in quality assurance.
In addition, they wanted to be able to offer sleeping accomodations for apprentices in the company, and receive foreign apprentices and sub-contactor's employees.
In the long run, the project should be self- supporting.
Project coordinator, Erik Banner, tells that the company now receives many more applications, and the skilled workers are impressed by the "new competent apprentices".