“I work with each apprentice in mentoring and communications during their transition from school to the working world. We spend a lot of time learning to work as a team and respecting our differences.
Today, these young adults are very knowledgeable about technology and they are able to absorb a lot of information quickly. They love to be challenged. Where I am able to provide the greatest assistance is in the areas of using your hands and also effective communication. Face to face communications are not always their strength and we spend a lot of time working on the impact they can make in person.
Our apprentices open my eyes to new ways of thinking. I am always having to learn and rethink the way I work with new apprentices. They look at everything from the angle of no experience, so they constantly are learning new things. This also allows us to think out of the box all the time, creating new ways of doing things, of producing, and of treating each other. Many people with experience keep doing jobs the same way they always have because that is the way they were taught and how they have always done it. Young adults will challenge your old routines and encouraging you to think of new ways of getting things done.”