Years ago I worked as an apprentice learning a skill for very little hourly wage. Matter of fact it was $4.73. How they got the .73 is beyond me. I needed the experience so I agreed. Not knowing just how hard this would be. I worked over 50 hours per week when the agreement called for 30 hours per week. I should have left but I was young and thought being an apprentice would certainly assist me later in life.
Whether it did or not I am not sure but it certainly taught me many things such as the value of hard work and that just when you think you can’t do anymore, somehow you make it through. The biggest thing that it taught me was no matter how many times someone put me down, I was stronger than I thought. That has followed me through my entire career.
Now the true apprentice is not seen much because there were several lawsuits pertaining to working and completing the exact same job and not getting the same pay. Employers have leaned away from this classification of employees.
This is the same as contractors meaning typically because of lawsuits, contractors on average can stay at an employer for six months and then need to leave for six before coming back. A very large banking giant was sued because a contractor was working for over two years but didn’t receive any benefits because he was classified as a contractor and not an employee. The company lost and had to pay a significant amount. That lawsuit affected most large employers.
Times have changed so much with apprenticeships. No longer are they a way for people to gain true real world experience but rather they are utilized by employers wanting cheep labor. Maybe not all but certainly a large amount. Maybe they also got tired of apprentices coming in and really doing nothing. There were several of those people with the attitude of “what are they going to do, fire me, I’m not an employee”. Terrible attitude.
The rules surrounding this has also change significantly and sometimes the rules alone make it difficult to do.
Looking back I would do it all again. Not for the job knowledge or the pay:) but because it taught me more about myself than I would have learned otherwise.