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    Apprentice Skills Table

    We have an apprentice here and he is progressing really well. I have put together a Skills Table for him. With thing like, resetting AD passwords, maintaining Moodle, Reimaging laptops and studying for his A+, was just wondering if anyone else could recommend adding anything to his Skills Table to enhance him as a technician. Thanks in advance.

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    Not sure if these would be any help but some things that came to mind from things either useful as techs or teachers always end up asking:
    -Basic HTML skills
    - Cat cable termination
    - Mailmerge
    - Basic video editing
    - Basic audio editing
    - (may be a step too far) cable management, especially in cabs
    - account creation

    Also not knowing what you have there but email creation if you have exchange.

    HTH

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    buying the cakes on a friday......

    errr seriosly

    exploring OS's, just a time to go through what youve got so he can get a greater knowledge of it,
    IWB and speaker setups?, I wish i had training on this rather then spend a morning trying to get things to work.

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    Making Tea or Coffee!

    Washing your Car!

    These are all valuable skills in an apprentice's toolkit hehe!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bossman View Post
    Making Tea or Coffee!

    Washing your Car!

    These are all valuable skills in an apprentice's toolkit hehe!
    Ha, I don’t think he’d be up for that.

    He’s already involved with cable management and asset management to some degree. Cat cable termination is a good idea, I will add that to his table.

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    If you don't have one already, build a moodle test server / vm, using the documentation for the existing server as a template.

    (He learns how to build a LAMP box, he learns to RTFD, you get to see how good your docs are from a "can I rebuild a server from them" perspective and he learns that you don't test things on production hardware).
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    I agree with the above if you plan on keeping him at the end of the apprentice program but we have an apprentice here and I try to show him things which would be of use in any IT industry. Things like Moodle setup is unique to education. I guess the PHP side of things is nice to see but work on things like good standards of practice which are transferable to all industry.

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    What about communication skills, writing business English, dealing with end-users, supporting T&L?

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    one of the key skills I've found lacking in some, is the ability to communicate with end users about their needs and their use as a diagnostic tool for faults. learning simple question techniques like asking questions when they say, the computer doesn't work. Is it plugged in? Will it start? does it make any sound? etc, means you go to the classroom forearmed. I have lost count I've been to rooms to find the reason why the printer doesn't work is that the cleaner last night, unplugged it to run the hoover.
    Also getting him/her to make simple guide to an end users perspective to the network for new staff or students.

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