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Old 09-08-2012, 10:16 PM   #1
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Since the down turn in our economy i decided to downsize to me and one other carpenter. Well my skilled guy went into another line of work and i hired a guy that doesnt have much experience. He is good kid and he works hard, but i have to show him how to do everything--and i mean everything. I dont know frankly if it is worth it! Im a good teacher, but i have to make money and its a hard to train someone as green as this kid. I thought i had it in me to train again, but i dont know if it was a good business decision. Any thoughts?
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Old 09-08-2012, 10:21 PM   #2
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Use the shift key every so often....

If he has a brain & can retain what you teach him, he may work out in the long run. All going to depend on your tolerance to the aggravation factor & is he making you any money....

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Old 09-08-2012, 10:21 PM   #3
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Give the kid a shot! You were green once too, your never to old to train if you got a good student, if he's a screw ball then cut him loose and be a 1 man show, it works for most of us these days
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I suck as a teacher..accepted that long ago..


i just dont get it when I show you something and it isn't retained or why you cant figure it out on your won..

afterall..its freaking easy
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Hey thanks for the prompt response. What do you mean, use the shift key?
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.... use the shift key?...


i = I ... I get a little anal about some things....
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Since the down turn in our economy i decided to downsize to me and one other carpenter.

Well my skilled guy went into another line of work and i hired a guy that doesnt have much experience. He is good kid and he works hard, but i have to show him how to do everything--and i mean everything. I dont know frankly if it is worth it! Im a good teacher, but i have to make money and its a hard to train someone as green as this kid.

I thought i had it in me to train again, but i dont know if it was a good business decision. Any thoughts?
There you go.......
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Old 09-08-2012, 10:38 PM   #8
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Thats gosh damn funny! Well thank you for the reply. I guess we will see how this kid works out. Some of the guys that i have trained in the past work with me on the weekends and i have to tell ya---its a breath of fresh air. Peace
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I'm a "kid" in this industry (24) and i believe that's it's up to the guys who have been around and really know what they're doing to train me and others like me to be the future. It seems to me that we're not in an industry that is desired by most coming out of high school. If he's young, eager to learn, and able to retain what he's learned, give him everything you've got. Although he most likely won't realize how helpful you were until many years later, keep in mind that you're helping to retain the future of skilled American tradesmen.
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Since the down turn in our economy i decided to downsize to me and one other carpenter. Well my skilled guy went into another line of work and i hired a guy that doesnt have much experience. He is good kid and he works hard, but i have to show him how to do everything--and i mean everything. I dont know frankly if it is worth it! Im a good teacher, but i have to make money and its a hard to train someone as green as this kid. I thought i had it in me to train again, but i dont know if it was a good business decision. Any thoughts?
That would be enough for me!

If he shows up on time everyday and works his butt off, I would consider him a gift from God!

On a serious note, is he receptive to instruction? And just as important, does he retain the knowledge, or do you have to retrain him everyday? If the answer is yes to both questions, and he really wants to learn, he is a rare kid today. Hang onto him. If you're lucky, you might get 10 years out of him before he decides to go out on his own.
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I have attempted to ramp up the crew recently. Having a tough time filling positions. I have taught many a green horn in my younger days. Not sure if I have it in me anymore either. I just want someone who has been on a jobsite previously. Some things you just can't teach. And, once again, these are my only 3 golden rules:

1) Show up
2) On time
3) Be prepared to work.

No one has ever been fired who fulfilled all three of these.
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I have a soft spot for green kids who are willing to try construction
as it seems a lot of the kids are heading into the computer / techy field.

If he's willing to learn, shows up for work with a good attitude, clean,
presentable (doesn't smell like the bottom of a beer bottle) and ready to go to work ... that's a good start.

It's always exhausting to train but I think its easier to train someone green than someone who comes in with a bunch of bad work habits.

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