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Showing interest, paying attention and taking notes when necessary will help a lot!

How to be a good apprentice

Hint: It's not just about working hard!

Learn people's names and use them often when talking to people! People will be impressed: it will help you connect with fellow workers, and it will show you're paying attention.

Be a sponge: Absorb good habits. Take your time to learn things properly and remember you will get better, and faster. Pay attention to instructions. Don't be afraid to take notes. Employers want good learners who take pride in their job and come to work every day ready to work. If they prove themselves, employers will notice.

Just ask: If you're not sure about something, ask the question. If a fellow employee shows impatience, that's their problem. Most people will be more than willing to answer questions. Learning new things can sometimes be frustrating. Just take a deep breath and push through it.

Work on developing a 'good rep': An apprentice’s reputation will follow you, so remember that your goal is to build and keep a good one.

Show some hussle: If someone calls you over to work on something for example, don't drag your feet. Show you're interested in the opportunity to learn something new.

Be reliable, be safe: On construction crews people must rely on one another to do their job correctly and safely. If you don’t work well you compromise the whole team and you will stand out in a bad way. This behavior is remembered and may be passed on to future employers through references or word of mouth.

And, yes, be a hard worker: Apprentices and aspiring apprentices should work hard and show their crew and employer that they have what it takes to make it in their trade. Employers talk and crew members talk so remember it’s important to keep up a good work ethic and work well as part of a team.

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