1. Get a schedule of when your apprentice will be helping
Make sure you both understand when you are working, when they are working, and when you'll be working together.
2. Set a time for a weekly feedback call
This is one of the most important parts of the entire apprenticeship and the core reason your apprentice is willing to work for free. You have to provide value back to them by scheduling a weekly phone call to tell them how they're doing, answer any questions they have, and give them advice on their career.
3. Keep in touch regularly
Would you go days or weeks without talking to an assistant? The same thing goes for your apprentice. If you're not talking to them, how do you expect to keep them around? Message them every single day.
4. Add them to team channels
Ideally you use Slack or a similar tool to communicate with your existing team. Add your apprentice to that communication channel so they can see what you guys are talking about. This will help them feel like they're part of the office.
5. Create a general 3-month roadmap together
Your apprentice should have a general idea of what they're going to do over the 3 months you are working together. This doesn't have to be detailed, just a syllabus of what you're going to cover, and perhaps what they're going to learn and the skills they're going to gain.
6. Ask your apprentice what they want to work on
This is perhaps the easiest way to get great work from your apprentice. People work hard on what they enjoy working on. Even if the tasks they enjoy aren't the ones you want them to complete, allow them to do both. You'll be amazed at the results.
7. Use work management tools
- Asana or Trello: this can be helpful to keep track of your weekly, monthly, and quarterly agenda with the apprentice, but also to share work material and for efficient tasking.