This is not a school or training facility. This is a working font foundry. Apprentices are part of the foundry helping to make us a source of excellence in fonts for publishing production.
This is not a typical school experience. We are looking to build a long-term relationship. Our hope is that an apprentice will grow into an on-going professional relationship with the foundry. What this means is that the screening process is, of necessity, much more important than a simple hiring procedure. You are not being hired. You are being trained as a separate professional. We and you need to come to a place of commitment to each other’s growth and well-being. If you are not committed to the growth of the foundry, we cannot be committed to making you a professional compatriot in our endeavor?
We are asking for a commitment of up to five years to reach the level of professionalism needed to make it in our present industry. Once you reach the level of font designer, our assumption is that you will be excited about the possibility of pushing on to reach the Typographer level yourself and start your own foundry. Of course, by that time we are also hoping to have a continuing relationship between you and the foundry.
In this process, it is necessary for both our protection and for yours, that the first two levels of the program be fee-based — able to be cancelled without notice. We fully understand that this type of growth opportunity will only appeal to specific people. We all need to determine carefully if you are one of those people whoh will move beyond the fees into apprenticeship.
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We use this term for the registration process enabling you to be accepted as a Novice. As a postulant you will be doing several things all leading to a major decision to commit yourself in writing to entering the apprenticeship program with all its duties and expectations.
We are also making a major long-term commitment to you and your training. The following is the start of your process toward apprenticeship.
There is no guarantee that you will be accepted. We must be sure that you understand what you are getting into and that you are committed to the process. As soon as these things are taken care of, and you are chosen by the Selection Committee, you are admitted as a novice.