1. Engage in clear and regular communication: you will often find that apprentices need clear and routine guidance during their apprenticeship, not least because they are still learning their vocation and will often need to ask questions to enable them to work effectively. Make sure that your apprentice has easy access to you if they need to contact you and have different ways of getting in touch.
2. Set clear work goals: establishing set goals and objectives regularly will better help your apprentice to structure their work time effectively and give them a stronger sense of purpose when they’re working. Consider also creating deadlines for certain tasks or projects on a weekly or monthly basis. This can better help your apprentices to focus their time and energies onto what needs doing most whilst ensuring that they know what they need to focus most on.
3. Participate in work reviews and feedback: this ensures that you’re keeping on top of what your apprentice is doing, how well they’re accomplishing their set tasks and making sure that they’re made aware of any areas they need to improve on. If they haven’t done as well on a certain task as you may have liked, make sure they’re given constructive criticism so that they can improve in the future. On the other hand, it might be beneficial to give them some words of encouragement if they’ve done a job well. This process can also form part of the clear and regular communication you need to have with your apprentice.