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I am thinking of having a school lad in on work experience, he has approached me and seems very enthused about the trade.

What are your thoughts on this, as far as I know he will not be able to use any machinery so it may become a little boring for him. Also do I need any special insurance incase of accidents and things?.

Any help will be greatly received . :D

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:? How old is your school lad?

I can remember years ago when I had one, you had to notify the headmaster at the school and give the hours of intended work, dont know if it still applies.

 

He stuck it out for 12 months then left school (30 years ago), funny thing he is now a very good family freind with 2 kids that are serving in Iraq.

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Oh so it's a school based plan! that's different.

Good grounding for them, let them serve the customers to see how it is like on the other side of the counter, give him or her a few engraving jobs (after you set it up) or identify keys that come in (explain to the customer of the situation) show them how the shoes are constructed and how to operate the till, check the shoes etc, no need for getting dirty or using shoe machinery. dont however get them doing the cleaning and mundane tasks or you will frighten them off for good.

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I think all kids have to do a weeks work experience these days Hugh.
Bloody hell modern thinking!

 

I think all kids should be out at work once they hit 13. Between 13 & 16 I had a paper round, a sweet weighing job, a newspaper shop counter assistants job and cut my grandparents lawn.

 

I actually took a wage cut when I left school and went out to work full time!

 

Lee

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Just sent one back today infact ! Had a German lad here for the week, he would have been in the way if it were not for the computer in the corner, I had him do all my new pricelists, do me some nice new MS Publisher flyers and some sale offers for the windows, then I got him to clearout the store room and then wash my Van, he was not so good at cleaning but did a great job of the pricelists and offer sheets, I never find the time to do stuff like that but these kids learn how to do it in school all day, So dont try and teach him in a week, let him teach YOU. Itsyour tax dollars that are teaching them , so get something back, and if they like what they see they might be chapping your door in a year or so for a job. :shock:

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Oh so it's a school based plan! that's different.

Good grounding for them, let them serve the customers to see how it is like on the other side of the counter, give him or her a few engraving jobs (after you set it up) or identify keys that come in (explain to the customer of the situation) show them how the shoes are constructed and how to operate the till, check the shoes etc, no need for getting dirty or using shoe machinery. dont however get them doing the cleaning and mundane tasks or you will frighten them off for good.

 

Great advice Hugh, thanks :wink:

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