I have already posted about offering a lad a fake apprenticeship, but partly due to the posts their i have decided to offer him a real job, so i have a few questions which i'm hoping someone can help with. Easy question first, Do i need to pay him when he is at tech one day a week? I assume so, but it would be nice to know Now the hard one he is being taken on as an apprenticed welder, amazingly i don't need to be a welder or to arrange for him to work under a qualified one (he can be the only welder on site), my only requirement is to provide regular welding work for him to do. Madness but their you go. Anyhow if i am going to do this i am going to do it right. I can only provide him with so much welding work (1 day a week on average) plus his 1 day at college, leaves me with 3 days empty. So what i plan to do is setup a new business for him to run (i'll train him in that at the same time) where i plan to get him to make things for other people or things that i can sell (i'll give him 10% of any profit on any work he generates in his first year on top of his hourly rate) with the ultimate aim of him making things like this for me in two to three years (or however long it takes) obviously he will start on simple things like smaller basic versions and garden gates, but this is what i want him to be practicing to learn to make. Having no start up costs, wage to worry about or business premises to pay for (i'll cover all of that), he should be able to make (in time) a very nice business. Question is how do i sell this ideal to the tech as they need to sign off on it?