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apprentice (one) to

To pair one with an expert in a particular field or trade so that one can learn about it. I have apprenticed my son to the local blacksmith.
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sorcerer's apprentice

Someone who is unable to contain or control a situation, event, or process that they instigated. A reference to a ballad written by Goethe in 1797 called "Der Zauberlehrling," about an apprentice magician who, through arrogance in his own abilities, brings a broom to life to do his chores for him, only to realize he has no way of controlling it. The banking authority, like a sorcerer's apprentice, created a system where greater bad debts were being inflated far beyond their market value, thus leading to a severe crash once the bubble inevitably burst.
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apprentice someone to someone

to assign someone to work at a certain trade and learn it from someone experienced. She apprenticed her son to a local diesel mechanic. I apprenticed myself to a printer and learned what it means to get really dirty.
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sorcerer's apprentice

a person who having instigated a process is unable to control it.
This is a translation of the French L'Apprenti sorcier, the title of an 1897 symphonic poem by Paul Dukas based on Der Zauberlehrling, a 1797 ballad by Goethe . In this ballad the apprentice's use of magic spells sets in motion a series of events which he cannot control.
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A trades apprenticeship is an excellent foundation in understanding the electricity industry, and some of Ergons executives and senior managers started their careers as apprentices.
The government is failing in its duty to protect apprentices from bad bosses who exploit them.
I feel the PJA are being so aggressive about this that very shortly nobody will want the hassle of having an apprentice.
Apprenticeship Training Agencies (ATAs) employ apprentices and loan them out for their training.
He won the Advanced Technical and Professional Apprentice of the Year award for 2014 at New College Durham and also overall apprentice of the year.
Three of our apprentices are finishing their apprenticeships this year and we plan to take them on permanently.
Last year's Bryan Hildrew Apprentice of the Year was Suzanne Birney, a trainee CAD technologist at Doosan Babcock.
Debbie said: "I am surprised yet thrilled to have been awarded the title of Apprentice of the Year 2014 and I would recommend an apprenticeship to anyone.
We hope all of this additional help will encourage more employers to hire an apprentice and realise how Apprenticeships can deliver for their business.
DEMAND Yesterday, the agency blamed "a steady reduction in demand" for axing their Safeguard an Apprentice scheme.
The rate of apprentice pay is usually calculated as a proportion of the relevant tradesperson rate.
Airbus has taken on 850 apprentices over the past five years and has challenged the current thinking around higher level skills within its apprenticeship programme with the development of an innovative model that it believes is a true alternative to university.
Gary Griffiths, Head of Apprenticeship Programmes for Airbus in the UK Airbus Higher Apprentices have the chance to achieve a full BEng with Hons in aeronautical engineering manufacture within the normal three year apprenticeship.
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