In the UK, we have a long relationship with apprenticeships. I don’t
know how they work in the US. When I was young (back in the dim and
distant 1960’s and 70’s), apprenticeships were very common, then
they went out of fashion. Recently, however, after lots of various
government promoted schemes, apprenticeships are back in vogue. They
have always been and are today are very good way to learn as you are
learning on the job, ie. whilst you are being paid.
If you have the opportunity to experience a genuine apprenticeship,
I would say go for it, as long as you are both happy with the
contract of such employment. Basically, it is a symbiotic sort of
relationship, ie. both parties benefit. You get the benefit of
knowledge and experience and your employer/teacher gets the benefit
of an extra pair of hands in his shop.