WIN-WIN SITUATION. A well-planned apprenticeship can help the apprentice learn the tricks of the trade and help the farrier balance the workload.
The American Farrier’s Association has an apprentice program, which some potential farriers have tried. Many more work out apprenticeship agreements with veteran farriers with varying levels of success.
Many such relationships fail because there is an initial lack of communication about goals, expectations and procedures. If both parties consider the following factors, they can avoid many pitfalls.
The article is written in two sections, one for the farrier and one for the apprentice. Both sections are important for a successful apprenticeship.
You’re an experienced farrier and feel confident about your knowledge, skills and experience. You’ve been shoeing for a long time and you’re doing well financially. A full client load stretches your time and some additional help would be great.
Maybe it’s time to share your knowledge and skills with a younger person interested in becoming a farrier.
First, ask yourself if you are accomplished enough in the profession to be a mentor for an aspiring farrier. Then ask yourself if you have the temperament and skills to work with a younger person and teach them what they need to know to become an independent farrier. Or do you just want some inexpensive help for your business?
If the most important reason you want an apprentice is to get more help, do everyone a favor and trim your client list.
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