Formal education, as you may have known already, involves a well-established institution called a school where lessons and instructions are given in the form of subjects or courses for the purpose of training and retraining students in the acquisition of knowledge and skills.
Worldwide, educational systems revolve around the formal setting, with the informal and semi-formal grossly left in the hands of a class of people distinctly separated from the formal setting. Examinations and tests are devices employed to spur students to develop to the next stage of their learning and knowledge acquisition.
Let's take a look at what I termed "skilled workers". These are professionals who rely on some sets of skills, other than just the theoretical knowledge of what they do. This definition helps delineate formal and informal education into two parallel lines; one emphasizing "theoretical understanding" for the formal educational system and the other emphasizing "hands-on, apprenticeship way" of learning for the informal setting.
But with advancing systems of education and ever-increasing demands for better hands at the job, the non-convergent pathways of the informal and formal education system begin to get more inter-dependent at which phase, the formal system begin to share some attributes with the informal system and vice-versa. More like semi-formal. Don't you think so?
One of my little girls once confessed that she dared not stand doing nothing at work when her boss is around. When I asked her why she said so, she said her boss would always want everyone seen to be doing something. But that was not the first time I have heard that phrase "Be seen doing something".
"Just Be Seen Doing Something"
How To Be a Good ApprenticeSo far, good apprenticeship has been established as one of the best ways of learning and acquiring skills. Great apprentices who obviously did it right would have become so good by the end of the day that they can predict what their master would do even before he/she says a word.
If you know what the master knows, then you are as good as the master. And not to mention that some of the things you have acquired in your short time frame may have taken the master years of struggle and fruitless learning until the got it.
- Be present
- Be Submissive
- Be respectful
- Ask questions
- Attempt some tasks on permission after being taught
- Be obedient
- Be confident in yourself and your teacher
- Volunteer to help
- Forgive after being punished
- Love your teacher
Ask Questions When Confused
- To ascertain if you are following or not
- To reduce the load of unnecessary information
Attempt Some Tasks on Permission After Being Taught
- How much you know already
- How much you are prepared to handle the task
Build Confidence In Yourself And Your TeacherWhen you do what you are asked to do the way you are asked to do it, your teacher develops more confidence in you. They are convinced that you can do things rightly. This is a conscious effort because, although your knowledge and understanding boost your confidence, your conscious effort to trust yourself and your teacher is what will get you ready to move on from one stage to another.
Volunteer To Help
Forgive After Being PunishedActually, the apprenticeship has no justifiable rights to hold on to grudges after punishment or disciplinary measures. These measures form part of every good learning process, and the student must try as much as possible to distinguish them from mere acts of directed hatred towards them.
Love Your Teacher
Why Is Apprenticeship So Important?
- It consolidates theoretical knowledge.
- Inculcates values and ethics into the student.
- Creates a bond between student and teacher.
- You learn more than what the books teaches.
- Also inculcates managerial abilities into the student.
- Creates a ground for recommendation by your teacher having known what you are capable of.