Go brave young soul ...

Made a cup of tea for the twenty year old this morning. He is off to work, for second day of 'proper job' in the career that he has chosen. Not that he has not had a proper job before, in the mind of youngster, his apprenticeship was different.

It was great to hear him buzz about the previous day and share his experiences.

Seeing so many apprentices being taken for a ride, having a half-arsed experience by employers who don't understand how to mentor/train young adults. Seeing the results of the nurture that has been invested in our son and how he has thrived over the last year is now a sight to behold.

It has not been without challenges, there have been times when offspring has stuck through many successive bad days. But what would he have been if was not for this experience as well.

Yet when I see many 'training providers' offer what I can only describe as boot camp apprenticeships in my sector. Offering little professional experience, getting the hapless youngster to tick boxes and 'do tasks', the two worlds do not endure comparision.

I am sure there are many 'terrible' apprenticeships in the 'Chef' world, but here we seem to have enjoyed (well ok, our Son has enjoyed) an excellent experience that has laid the foundations for a profession.

So, go brave young soul, I am sure there will be difficult days, but prepared you do seem.

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