Glossary term: Apprenticeship

A system of training regulated by law or custom which combines on-the-job training and work experience while in paid employment with formal (usually off-the-job training). The apprentice enters into a contract of training or training agreement with an employer, which imposes mutual obligations on both parties. Traditionally, apprenticeships were in trade occupations (declared vocations) and were of four years' duration, but the duration of contracts has been formally reduced in some trades and the apprenticeship system broadened.

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