ap·​pren·​tice·​ship | \ ə-ˈpren-tə(sh)-ˌship How to pronounce apprenticeship (audio) , 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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Synonyms for apprenticeship


externship, internship, practicum, training

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But apprenticeship programs also carry a stigma as a route to nonprestigious jobs. Dallas Morning News, Twin Cities, "Other voices: Trump plan to expand apprenticeships is timely, intriguing," 30 June 2019 Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta will appear in Dallas Tuesday to award $12 million in funding to Dallas County Community College to expand its health care apprenticeship program. Orla Mccaffrey, Dallas News, "Elaine Chao comes to town bearing $23.2 million for DFW Airport taxiway upgrades," 24 June 2019 DeSantis pointed to an existing apprenticeship program between Lockheed Martin and Eastern Florida State College in Cocoa as the kind of model the state wants to continue fostering. Chabeli Herrera,, "Gov. DeSantis says Trump can override the Air Force to bring Space Command to Florida," 24 June 2019 Some local pre-apprenticeships, such as ECEC, offer tuition-free college courses. Olivera Perkins,, "6 lessons for Cleveland from European school-to-work models: Pathways to Prosperity," 9 June 2019 Vocational training and apprenticeships are a viable solution. Stephane Kasriel, Fortune, "Why Upwork Scratched College Degree Requirements From Our Job Descriptions," 6 June 2019 Did the lighting designer for The Handmaid’s Tale do an apprenticeship with the lighting designer for Game of Thrones? Elena Nicolaou,, "The Handmaid's Tale," 6 June 2019 More than 50 companies and agencies will take applications for jobs as well as summer internships and apprenticeships, although this year’s expo has more of a focus on placing young people in temporary summer jobs, Banks said. Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, "Harvey expo seeks to link youth with summer jobs," 12 Apr. 2018 This play is an attempt at an apprenticeship in dying. Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Love and death in Spring Green: 'The Recruiting Officer,' 'Exit the King'," 3 July 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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English Language Learners Definition of apprenticeship

: a position as an apprentice
: the period of time when a person is an apprentice


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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