Here is the best example I can offer. When I was 21, I quit my job at a body shop and decided to try truck driving. I got hired on for company paid training at Schneider. They made me sign a "covenant,not to compete" clause in my employment contract. After I had passed all of the requirements/training,and was given actual employment , I could not go to work for another company without reimbursing them for my licensing/training costs until I had worked for them full time for a year. After a year, I believe somehow they could write it off. The only problem I could see for you, would be making it legally binding. Otherwise it would be nothing more than a "scare tactic". I applaud you for taking the measures you have taken this far. I wish I had somebody like you to work for when I was that age. My life would have been a lot easier. I remember what it was like having that child-like enthusiasm, and having it tainted upon entering the real world. It's like finding out there's no Santa Claus. However,I feel it is a rite of passage, and a necessary one at that. That's how a boy becomes a MAN. I feel you have already done more than you should have, but you have the right to do whatever you want. You shouldn't have to worry so much about whether or not you're gonna hurt their feelings. On the flipside, you also shoudln't-not care at all. You, sir, are far from the average "asshole". If he cowered under that little bit of stress, then he would never make it anyway. I hope I don't come off too harsh, but I know I'm right. If he wants to do this kind of work, he needs to realize this. That's probably the only other thing you should reach out to him for, to explain. If you're a good enough teacher, and you feel he really does have what it takes, then you will drill him to do the task he fails at until he succeeds. Simply tell him its not right yet, and ask him why it isn't. Make HIM tell you what he did wrong. That is how you find out if he can hack it. You have to make them think like you do. After that, they'll damn near teach themselves. And if you're not willing to do that, then you shouldn't bother. I mean, its as simple as teaching a kid how to ride a bike. The smarter ones will learn by watching others who know how and ask a lot of questions. Inquisitiveness will take you far. It's like they say..."a fool learns from his own mistakes, a wise man learns from the mistakes of others". I follow this myself, along with "ignorance is no defense". At one point in my youth, I made one last attempt to make in in the collision field. The best shop I have worked in , was at this time. There was NOTHING this guy wouldn't take on. I mean, he was 26 at the time, and he would build a complete unibody from scratch if he had to. He would not sublet anything mechanical out, he did it all. I was 19 at the time, and it left an impression on me. I came to a realization..." what makes him any different than me? Is he REALLY that much better than me? If I let him teach me to do what he does....could I really do it?" Well, low and behold I could do it. It was tough and stressful, but I prevailed. At the end of the day, these cars are nothing but nuts and bolts and sheemetal. If you accept the challenges, and never give up, you can do anything you want. eddytheb, I applaud you. The fact that you are bothered so much by this is proof. Most guys I know would have written him off that instant. They would have written me off if I had let them. The best thing you can do as a fresh face to the industry is prove them wrong. It makes it that much more sweet.