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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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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 key part of our Plan is to increase the number of apprentices in Tasmania because it encourages younger Tasmanians to stay in the State, which is good for our community, population growth and the economy in general.
The apprentices will be based across Miller Homes' North East developments and at its head office in North Shields, gaining vital work experience and training.
Mitchell, who joined the council in 2012 as an apprentice construction technician, has also won a clutch of other awards in just over 12 months - at the council and at New College Durham where he is studying.
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All of the staff including the apprentices hold NVQ2 qualifications in roofing disciplines or are working towards completing their NVQs.
Businesses interested in taking on an apprentice can contact Kirklees Apprenticeship Hub by emailing Apphub@kirklees.
Debbie Evans from Llandudno, one of nine winners from a range of programme areas, was presented with the evening's most prestigious award, Apprentice of the Year 2014, and a cheque for PS200, by Jackie Doodson, Principal of Coleg Llandrillo.
Apprentice Matthew Roache, Willmott Dixon partnerships' managing director Mick Williamson, apprentices Matthew Grimmett and Lewis Tubb from Willmott Dixon's North Birmingham branch, with Coun Tahir Ali
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All Pennsylvania building trades apprentice programs are funded through a cooperative effort between different crafts unions and employers and are designed to provide apprentices with life-long skills and careers.
It has been often contended that the low level of apprentice pay is a significant barrier to increasing the number of people successfully completing apprenticeships and traineeships.
Apprentice carpenter James Bannister with his mentor Lester Parry, Monmouthshire Housing Association's Operations Manager properties in its portfolio.