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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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Today they are being inducted as apprentices with one of the states publicly-owned electricity businesses and I wish them all the best in their future careers serving our region, he said.
50 per hour is a shockingly low wage, and the evidence shows that too many apprentices aren't paid even that.
The BHA is indeed now poised to act, with options suggested to them by the PJA including one whereby the need to pay expenses would be scrapped in return for apprentices keeping either all their prize-money or a much bigger chunk of it.
The summary for age relaxation to the apprentices up to the age of 28 years has already been approved by the Chief Minister, Punjab, he said adding that it will help combating the menace of unemployment.
An apprentice doesn't have to be someone new - one of a firm's current staff could be an ideal candidate for an apprenticeship.
The 22-year-old said: "It's such an honour to be invited to No 10 to talk to David Cameron about my experiences as an apprentice and how together we can inspire young people to see apprenticeships as a great route to their future career.
SUPER apprentice Mitchell Galloway has just picked up his seventh award in just two years.
Apprentice Jack Winn from Loftus has joined AAA Roofing and is the fourth apprentice for the firm, owned by Ben Blackburn.
The institution is encouraging all apprentice affiliate members to apply for the award, and for engineering professionals to nominate any exceptional apprentices working for their organisation, by 30 June.
Grwp Llandrillo Menai currently has just under 3,000 apprentices, with over 1,000 at Coleg Llandrillo.
The film highlights how simple the process can be and the launch of Av Live means employer vacancies will now reach more potential apprentices - at no cost to the employer.
A TRAINING quango have axed a scheme to help struggling firms keep on apprentices at risk of redundancy.
Low rates of award pay for apprentices have been seen as discouraging young people from starting an apprenticeship as well as contributing to low completion rates.
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, of Apprenticeship Programmes for Airbus in the UK Airbus Higher Apprentices have the chance to achieve a full BEng with Hons aeronautical engineering manufacture the normal three year apprenticeship.