You can easily make your own tests where the apprentice can check him/herself. A test doesn't have to be as formal as an exam, but it should be designed in a way, so that the apprentice takes it seriously.
The questions can, for example, be about professional issues. There can also be questions about conditions in the company and the work flow.
Consider what the apprentice should be tested on:
- On ordinary work processes or on special areas, that might be forgotten, if not used regularly?
- Should the apprentice be able to do calculations or computer commands?
- Remember certain procedures?
- Other things?
And who knows, maybe there are other employees in the company, who want to try the test?
Example Hotel Koldingfjord, Denmark
Here the apprentice cooks do a self-test every month. In this way, they can check how far they have come towards their quality and training objectives. The apprentices do the tests at home. To the question "Isn't it a pain to use your free time on it?", an apprentice answered, "No, it's really good to find out where you are at a professional level, and whether you can remember everything."
Self-tests can have many different forms, for example digital or on paper.
A simple way of making a test is multiple choice, where the apprentice chooses the right answer out of a number of possibilities. Other possibilities are visual tests, where the apprentice has to name selected parts of a drawing or a picture.
Example of a self-test
Get inspiration from a company-specific self-test for dock workers, even though it is in Danish.
Click here for download.