AskDefine | Define apprentice

Dictionary Definition

apprentice adj : in training; "an apprentice carpenter" [syn: apprentice(a)] n : works for an expert to learn a trade [syn: learner, prentice] v : be or work as an apprentice; "She apprenticed with the great master"

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /əˈpɹɛntɪs/


Old English apprentice, prentice, Old French aprentis, nom. of aprentif, from apprendare to learn, Latin apprendere, equiv. to apprehendere, to take hold of (by the mind), to comprehend. See Apprehend, Prentice.


  1. A trainee, especially in a skilled trade.
  2. One who is bound by indentures or by legal agreement to serve a tradesperson, or other person, for a certain time, with a view to learn the art, or trade, in which his master is bound to instruct him.
  3. One not well versed in a subject; a tyro or newbie.



  1. To put under the care and supervision of a master, for the purpose of instruction in a trade or business.


  • Webster 1913

Extensive Definition

This article is about the practice of apprenticeship. For other uses, see The Apprentice (disambiguation).
Apprenticeship is a system of training a new generation of skilled crafts practitioners. Apprentices (or in early modern usage "prentices") build their careers from apprenticeships. Most of their training is done on the job while working for an employer who helps the apprentices learn their trade. An informal, theoretical education may also be involved.


Further reading

  • Modern Apprenticeships: the way to work, The Report of the Modern Apprenticeship Advisory Committee, 2001
  • Apprenticeship in the British "Training Market", Paul Ryan and Lorna Unwin, University of Cambridge and University of Leicester, 2001
  • Creating a ‘Modern Apprenticeship’: a critique of the UK’s multi-sector, social inclusion approach Alison Fuller and Lorna Unwin, 2003 (pdf)
  • Apprenticeship systems in England and Germany: decline and survival. Thomas Deissinger in: Towards a history of vocational education and training (VET) in Europe in a comparative perspective, 2002 (pdf)
  • European vocational training systems: the theoretical context of historical development. Wolf-Dietrich Greinert, 2002 in Towards a history of vocational education and training (VET) in Europe in a comparative perspective. (pdf)
  • Apprenticeships in the UK- their design, development and implementation, Miranda E Pye, Keith C Pye, Dr Emma Wisby, Sector Skills Development Agency, 2004 (pdf)
  • L’apprentissage a changé, c’est le moment d’y penser !, Ministère de l’emploi, du travail et de la cohésion sociale, 2005

External links

apprentice in Bulgarian: Чирак
apprentice in Danish: Lærling
apprentice in German: Berufsausbildung
apprentice in Esperanto: Metilernanto
apprentice in French: Apprenti
apprentice in Italian: Training aziendale
apprentice in Dutch: Middelbaar beroepsonderwijs
apprentice in Norwegian: Lærling
apprentice in Norwegian Nynorsk: Lærling
apprentice in Simple English: Apprenticeship
apprentice in Finnish: Oppisopimus
apprentice in Swedish: Lärling
apprentice in Turkish: Çırak (yarışma)

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