ap·​pren·​tice·​ship | \ə-ˈpren-tə(sh)-ˌship, ə-ˈpren-təs-ˌship\

Definition of apprenticeship 

1 : a position as an apprentice : an arrangement in which someone learns an art, trade, or job under another He obtained an apprenticeship with a carpenter. Later that year, he decided to become a barrister—a career that requires acceptance into an apprenticeship— Sidney Blumenthal

2 : the period of time when a person is an apprentice During most of his apprenticeship he lived in Paris …— Robert Penn Warren a two-year apprenticeship

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externship, internship, practicum, training

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These Places Help Veterans Find a Job Helmets to Hardhats: Launched in 2003, this national nonprofit offers training and job placement, primarily through apprenticeships, for veterans interested in entering the construction industry. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "Thank You For Your Service. Now What?," 17 Oct. 2018 Today's visit follows Meghan and Harry's appearance at the Coach Core Awards yesterday at Loughborough University, where the couple met with and honored graduating members from the apprenticeship program. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Arrives To Her First Solo Event in Givenchy," 25 Sep. 2018 At an event in the East Room, Trump told corporate leaders and workers that the nation's students and workers need more opportunities to attain apprenticeships, vocational opportunities and job training. Fox News, "Trump promotes job training as employers search for workers," 19 July 2018 Another option, which doesn’t require action from Congress, is to further promote apprenticeships, which Mr. Trump has supported. Eric Morath, WSJ, "Without Better Training, U.S. Will Fall Short on Workers, Economists Say," 17 July 2018 DeVos, who is traveling to Switzerland to learn about Swiss-style apprenticeships, will not be in attendance. Moriah Balingit, Washington Post, "School safety panel, formed in Parkland’s wake, won’t focus on gun restrictions," 5 June 2018 David Russell, 12, isn’t ready for an apprenticeship, still maneuvering his rag and trying to find the right grip in order to clean his bike chain. Dana Lee, Indianapolis Star, "Kids earn their own bikes plus a better future at Freewheelin' Community workshop," 12 Feb. 2018 President Donald Trump has talked about expanding apprenticeships and set up a Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion last fall. NBC News, "Are apprenticeships the new on-ramp to middle-class jobs?," 16 Apr. 2018 The proposal, according to a senior administration official, will remove obstacles for people who are looking to go into trades, change licensing requirements so workers can more easily move from state to state and expand apprenticeships. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "Trump infrastructure plan relies mostly on funding outside the federal government's control," 11 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of apprenticeship

1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of apprenticeship was in 1592

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ap·​pren·​tice·​ship | \ə-ˈpren-təs-ˌship\

Kids Definition of apprenticeship

1 : service as an apprentice

2 : the period during which a person serves as an apprentice

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