Building the industry - one professional at a time
10 May 2017
The concept of mentorship in the workplace is as old as the concept of a workplace itself. In the fifteenth century Florence the craft guilds has an apprenticeship system, in which boys at the age of about seven years were sent to live with masters for a fixed term of five to ten years.
Apprentices worked directly under the supervision of the master and learned their craft from the bottom up. This clearly was an effective system as it produced a string of great artistic talent in the form of Da Vinci, Donatello, Michelangeo, Verrocchio and Ghirlandaio, to name but a few.
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