All apprentices need to feel that they are learning something. It motivates and helps to keep them in the training programme. But as a trainer, you don't always think about this in your daily work.
Goal-oriented youths are expecially eager to learn. They know what they want. If they don't feel they are learning enough, they will find a new training workplace, if they can.
The insecure youths lack self-confidence and drive. Therefore, it is important that they also feel their skills are improving. It gives them self-confidence and encouragement to do more.
One way of making learning visible to the apprentice is to talk to him/her:
- Before the apprentice starts a task
- While he/she is doing the task
- After the apprentice has finished the task.
Get the apprentice to think about what he/she is doing and why. That is, putting action into words!
The apprentice has to learn to use professional reasoning, which may be new to him/her.
The apprentice should see that he/she has "moved forward", and now knows and can do things he/she couldn't in the beginning of the training programme!