Why are work trials important?

Written on: 5 October 2022

Written by: Anna Peart



Much like any other recruitment process, we work with our employers to find the perfect fit for their apprenticeship roles. 

Identifying the perfect candidate who is the right fit for your team is always a priority during our recruitment process. The ideal candidate should not only have the necessary skills and interests relevant to the position but should also align with a company’s values and culture.

We are aware that every work environment is unique, which is why we actively encourage employers to work trial their apprentices.


A work trial is a short stint in the workplace, giving the apprentice an opportunity to demonstrate their skills and suitability for the position. Every work trial is different, depending on the employer, however, our recruitment consultants will help you prepare for this in advance.

An apprenticeship is a commitment for at least 12-15 months, but in most cases much longer than this. The majority of Baltic apprentices either progress onto higher apprenticeship programmes or stay on with their employers as full-time members of staff.

Not only do work trials help employers choose the right candidate for them but it also gives the candidate a clear insight into what it’s like to work for the company.


An employer will decide what they wish to include in the work trial. However, we have come up with the following recommendations:

1. get to know their mentor 

A mentor should be there to guide and support apprentices throughout the course of the apprenticeship. During a work trial, apprentices should be given the opportunity to sit with their mentor and find out more about the exact nature of the role, duties and responsibilities involved. Remember that they will likely be nervous, so this is a good time to reassure them about what the work trial will involve.

2. job shadowing 

Job shadowing with one or more members of the team is a great way for an apprentice to get a feel for office life and team dynamics. Ideally, they should spend time with someone that does a similar role to the one they have applied for. Give them the opportunity to ask as many questions as they like, this will help them to get to grips with whether they will fit in with the working environment.

3. trial task

Working on one of the duties listed on the job description will enable you to put your candidates skills to test. Giving the apprentice a simple task to complete during their work trial is a very effective way to observe their levels of enthusiasm and initiative. The task should be something that will align with what their duties would be, as it is also a way for them to get an idea about whether the job will be right for them. When judging how well you think an apprentice has done on a work trial, try to focus on their professional manner and approach to the task rather than the specific outcome, as these specific skills will come with time.

what's next:

If hiring an apprentice seems like the right idea for you, check out the apprenticeship programmes we offer here

You can also find out more about our recruitment process here


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