“Apprenticeship: What Is It and Why Is It Important?”

Rev. Jeremy Walker


Jeremy Walker: 00:00 This is Jeremy Walker, and you are listening to Five Minutes with a Christian Education Entrepreneur.

Jeremy Walker: 00:07 Today on this episode, we’re going to be discussing apprenticeship. What is it, and why is it important, and what sets it apart from other types of activities? An apprenticeship is very different from a normal job. If you’re unfamiliar with what an apprenticeship is, a normal job is of course where you take a position to fulfill a function, specifically it could be a bag boy or stocking shelves, flipping burgers, being a car salesman, whatever kind of profession that you want to be in. But an apprenticeship is more than just taking a job. It’s learning a trade, and so you find somebody who’s already successful, and I think the better term for most people is they hear the word mentorship, or a mentor, having somebody you look up to, that kind of thing.

Jeremy Walker: 00:58 Well, an apprenticeship is exactly that. It’s where a person has somebody who is already good at something, something that they want to learn, and the difference between learning something on your own and learning something with other people who already know something that you’re trying to learn, a trade of sorts, is that you can bypass a lot of the time, energy, and failures that somebody else had to get. As an example, if you of course are trying to do something, let’s use an example, of course, is learning to run a school or to be a teacher, if you have a person who is your mentor, you have an apprenticeship with this person or with an organization, you can then bypass all the mistakes of other people, that they’ve had in the past, learn from their examples, things that they say, “Well, don’t do that. Do this.”

Jeremy Walker: 01:56 They’ve already got skill, especially anybody who’s in any particular trade for any length of time, they already are good at something, or they’re doing successfully what you want to learn how to do. Beyond just having to get in there and make all those mistakes yourself, this person can guide you and direct you and give you an advantage. They can give you a fast-forward button in education.

Jeremy Walker: 02:21 Now, of course, there’s no substitute for experience and you still have to do things for yourself, so it’s not that you can just bypass experience and bypass the work, but when you have an apprenticeship and you’re underneath somebody else mentoring you, it allows you to then learn all the pitfalls that can be avoided and jump ahead all the years and years and years that it would take you to do so, to get to a certain level. And of course, somebody who’s already doing something successfully, that are very good at what they do, they’re going to be able to teach you all the things that you want anyways. If you’re just sitting there going, “Well, how do I run a business? How do I start a school? How do I run a school? How do I become a good teacher?” A lot of the time, you just don’t even know what to do, which direction to go in, so finding somebody, finding an organization that already is good and successful at what they’re doing, they already have an idea of what you want to do.

Jeremy Walker: 03:24 And so being underneath an apprenticeship with people like that, that’s going to help a person learn and be guided by people that are already doing what you want to do, and so with the GCS Apprenticeship Program, which is what I’m part of, and what we promote on the GCS Apprenticeship website at gcsapprenticeship.com, we promote the fact that we’re looking for people who want to learn how to become Christian school teachers, and how to own and operate their very own Christian school. On the surface, that sounds easy, but I assure you, it’s really not. In fact, most people are going to fail at that venture, that concept.

Jeremy Walker: 04:03 Most people have an idea about being a teacher, they certainly have ideas about running a school or managing a school and things like that, but if a person really wants to learn, apprenticeship is the best way to learn what you want to do, and not only that, but you can learn very quickly if it’s something you even want to do, or maybe if it’s something you’re even good at at all, because you can have a fanciful idea, but in the end, you may not actually like what you’re doing, or you may have no skill at it, because not everybody can do certain things. Not everybody can be a teacher. Not everybody can run a business. Not everybody wants to.

Jeremy Walker: 04:43 And so apprenticeship helps you speed up the process, learn things you’ve never learned before, get a jump towards the future, be guided by a person who’s had failures and can help you avoid those pitfalls, and so if a person is interested in any type of vocation, a mentorship program or an apprenticeship is the way to go. Classroom academics is not the way to go. The modern traditional education program we have in America is not successful. Colleges are failing, turning out students that have nothing but debt and no experience and no prospects.

Jeremy Walker: 05:19 So for more information, and thank you for joining us for this five minutes here, you can find more information about our apprenticeship program at gcsapprenticeship.com, and for more information, if you have any questions, you can go there. Thank you and God bless.