I'm currently working as a sole web developer on a project that requires all of my attention. Working alone on a project of a larger scale is, in my opinion, a great experience in the way that I typically don't have to worry about the nuances of plugging code into other people's work and I have a greater field of experimentation allowed to me. I've been working with an employee who seems interested in my field(loaned him books on the front-end coding and thrown him demos of things he's interested in) and have managed to get him time to work as a small level assistant in things that are simple, but may impede on my time.
He's very enthusiastic though not as proficient in code. Still, even with the amount of time I put into answering his questions and debugging parts of his code, it does still alleviate me from doing the whole of a minor side project myself.
Even though I've vouched for him in meetings and currently have him taking care of a minimal side project that requires continuous, though minute, upkeep, I feel like his efforts are going unnoticed. I do think he will be an asset in the future if allowed to progress and I've tried to stress this to my supervisor but it's mostly been disregarded.
I really do want to get him some praise, even for the small role he plays, because his performance in that area has started to drift greatly(a project that should have taken a week has taken about a month or more) and I think it may have something to do with lack of recognition.
How can I address this with my supervisor or higher-ups? Keep in mind he doesn't have a position that warrants coding or helping in any way but he opted to do so regardless. This is how I started out and attained my current job as a developer so I feel as though I can relate and want to do my best to help out a colleague.