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February 12, 2024

Maximizing apprentice development: Essential feedback strategies for construction and manufacturing employers

In the construction and manufacturing sectors, apprentices face a steep learning curve. As mentors and employers, your role in providing constructive feedback is crucial for their success. Effective feedback is an art that balances clarity and support, guiding apprentices towards improvement while keeping them motivated and committed to their learning journey.

Quick Tip: The Sandwich Method – A Balanced Approach to Feedback

  1. Begin with praise: Start by highlighting a specific skill or task the apprentice has excelled in. This builds confidence and sets a positive tone.
  2. Offer constructive criticism: Point out areas for improvement in a gentle yet clear manner. Focus on specific, actionable advice to help them refine their skills.
  3. End on a positive note: Conclude by reaffirming their potential and acknowledging another area of achievement. This reinforces their value and encourages ongoing growth.

Feedback isn’t merely about direction; it’s about fostering development. By adopting the Sandwich Method, you not only pinpoint areas for growth but also increase an apprentice’s confidence and commitment to their craft.

For more insights and resources on retaining apprentices in the construction and manufacturing sectors, visit our dedicated page on ApprenticeConnect: your ultimate guide for hiring, onboarding, training, and retaining apprentices.


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