Some trades have gone through a technical revolution in the last few decades.
New materials have arrived, that make it possible to construct products in totally new ways. In the textile sector, for example, there are new "intelligent materials".
In most trades, you can't get around the importance of information technology.
And almost all workplaces have experienced an invasion of new language expressions. These can be technical terms or English expressions.
Do you know enough about trends and new technology in your trade? The apprentice might ask you about it.
- What is the biggest "revolution" that has happened in your trade?┬
- How do you make sure that you're keeping up with developments?┬
- How do you involve the apprentice in the new developments that are taking place?
It might be useful or even necessary to have an apprentice follow the same┬átraining┬ácourses on new technology or developments as┬áother employees
. Example from the gastronomy sector (Denmark)
In Denmark, there has been a drastic development the last 10-20 years.
If we leave out traditional Danish cooking, we have moved from "fine French cuisine" to diverse ethnic cuisine (Thai, Greek, Japanese, etc.) to fusion cuisine, where the best from different cuisines is combined. The latest trend is molecular gastronomy, where new 'wild' taste combinations are developed.