I am growing increasingly annoyed with the excessive use of the term apprenticeship. I am proud of the licensed trade and truly believe that it provides fantastic life skills to the people that it employs but why has the industry joined the mindless upsell?
I cannot have an apprenticeship in bar work, or make up, cleaning or bloody dog walking! An apprenticeship is not only a structured 4 – 5 year training experience it is unique to the ‘trades’. When I completed my apprenticeship I was ‘indentured’ or signed over to my employer in a tradition going back centuries. Does this tradition mean anything in the modern world? I think it does.
We were indentured into big industries full of big characters and we learnt our way socially as well as technically. The difference between a college student and an apprentice was not in the education, the qualification signified something more. That you have completed an apprenticeship shows that you have conquered the psychopaths and perverts that exist in big industry, it shows that you have risen above the vindictive supervisors.
Not only do you have your trade and your qualifications when you leave your apprenticeship but you have the ability to survive the rather odd world of industry. So yes I will give you an apprenticeship but if you insist on calling it that then don’t be surprised when you have to spend some time with my old mate pervy Paul.