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I was having a chat with a customer the other day about all the apprentices I've worked with over the last few years, and how Ive found them to be stuck to their phones and lazy. They recommended this video to me. Its a few years old and I'm sure many if you will have seen it but I really think this guy nails it, so thought I'd share it here.
 
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Is it just apprentices?

When I go to the wholesalers and see other sparks supposedly working, there's always one on a phone, coffee in hand.... another chatting about football or girls and someone else taking the mick out of the young lad behind the counter.
These are time served guys, everyone over the age of 20.

Is it the phones to blame or the fact that we're not allowed to give them a kick up the backside to get them moving.
 
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A very succint precis of the maladies related to electronic gear and children and adults. It seems to identify some very cogent reasons not to encourage this in children. Looking after four grandchildren I have to be very careful as to how they are using technology. I have managed to herd them (like cats mostly) into not using the tech, and getting bored then finally finding something to do with a cardboard box and scissors, play chess, monopoly and scrabble. Their peers are on tech straight from school to bedtime and in the morning before school. Denial of tech leads to tantrums. Trainees I have supervised are strictly forbidden to be on phones during work at pain of being sent off site. Being old school with the spinning top as a kid and home made bow and arrow I would not even entertain the thought of children getting lost to tech and interacting through tech to have "relationships" My own daughter said a boy (man???) saw her and instead of approaching her he contacted her through facebook. Sheesh! I think his analysis is good but in no way goes far enough, it is much deeper than that and is a societal ill.
 
I works some security at the weekends and the youngsters on the doors or working the reception or bars are always on their phones.
Like literally every 30 seconds they are on the phone looking st Facebook or snap chat.
To them it’s an extension to their right hand.
 

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Is it just apprentices?

When I go to the wholesalers and see other sparks supposedly working, there's always one on a phone, coffee in hand.... another chatting about football or girls and someone else taking the mick out of the young lad behind the counter.
These are time served guys, everyone over the age of 20.

Is it the phones to blame or the fact that we're not allowed to give them a kick up the backside to get them moving.
He aint wrong
 
When i was an apprentice i had one spark who thought it was ok to have us do the work whilst he sat on his toolbox playing games and checking social media
 

Pete999

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When i was an apprentice i had one spark who thought it was ok to have us do the work whilst he sat on his toolbox playing games and checking social media
OK but was he a Millennial as well?
 
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There are plenty of good young people eager to work an keen.

There was plenty of dossers whilst I trained and went to school in my generation, an seen plenty in the generation above an below me.

It's not a new thing that, just maybe more noticeable. Rose tinted glasses me thinks.
 

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Having been self employed for a few years now I'm a little eout of touch, but when I was last employed full time we were not allowed to use personal phones outside of our breaks, does this still happen?
 

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I remember an old school teacher I had, that used to write in to the local papers letters page on all sorts of subjects he was a bit eccentric but an interesting bloke reminded me of a quirky Michael Palin.

He wrote about the attitude of youngsters, being obsessed with image, lack of any respect, spoilt laziness of kids with too much money and free time to waste on idle things etc and I thought yup he's nailed it

Then at the very end he finished off with the fact that this quotation was written 2000 odd years ago by some Roman roughly 100 years before the collapse of Rome

So nothing new really but as they say History repeats itself so maybe a warning here somewhere
 

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Youngsters learn from their elders and each generation progressively spoils the next by giving their kids what they never had!

I also remember when I was an apprentice in the early 90's all the older blokes were in their 50's complaining about how much worse my generation was than theirs,
not so much laziness but more about the football hooliganism and rave/ drug culture

A lot of these blokes grew up in rougher areas than I did but they all assumed I and all my mates carried knives robbed old ladies and did drugs etc, " You fear for your life just walking past teenagers" and the like

I'd have a few days where I'd be constantly harangued as if it was all my fault

Then they'd be talking how it was in their day

" Marvellous times but it's no life for anyone now!"

"Different girl every night "

"You could leave a good job in the morning and have a better one the same day"

"You'd have a fight shake hands and that was it done"

I'd ask stuff like were you a mod or rocker?

Some were, Mods, Rockers, Teddy boys, Smoothies etc

Then out came the stories of fist fights
en masse, bike chains, switchblades and cutthroat razors in jacket lapels

But of course no one ever got hurt back in the good old days it was just a bit of fun!
 

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The Monty Python crew did a sketch that made a mockery of the generation bragging rights long ago
"When I were young we lived in cardboard box in middle of road"

Unfortunately each generation sees their time on this planet with rose tinted specs
 
Every generations winges about the next lot. There probably a law that requires it


That chaps just another management
consultant trying to make money trying to sell his product so of course he going to say that stuff.
 
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