Once upon a time the only way to learn a trade was through an apprenticeship. What this meant is that in order for a person to learn the ‘ins and outs’ of nearly any trade, be it seamstress, smithing, craftsman, tailor, baker, journeyman, etc., it was necessary to do so by observing a more seasoned person performing the job. The length of the apprenticeship varied depending upon the skill. Some might be 6 months; others two years and some could be as many as seven. Once a person completed his apprenticeship, he was a full-fledged whatever and was considered not only an expert in his field, but also a highly respected person in his community. In exchange for apprenticeship, this protégé often went on to work for the man he was learning from and eventually, secede him in his death.
Although things may have evolved somewhat between the Middle Ages and now, some jobs are still taught through apprenticeship. The logic behind this is that many jobs can’t be taught by an instructor, with a PowerPoint presentation his or her only tool. Hands-on with some professions is truly the only way to learn everything there is to know about it.
If you are considering an apprenticeship, be it in the US or globally and you aren’t convinced that it can still be of value to you, here are some links that might prove them to be.