How has he made it to his 2nd year behaving like that? I think we have about 60 apprentices out of work who'd love to be working, even if only for a few weeks Surely your local is the same. I'm also an apprentice.... I bust my butt, I am never late, keep my mouth shut (unless it's a question about work or to ask how I can help or to say Hello), am first back from break, and leave sore at the end of the day. You can't learn any trade by slacking off and I have no bad feelings for anyone who isn't working if they have a crappy work ethic.