Praise Jesus Weaving Center, Lawra Ghana, North Eastern Region
Unlike mediaeval Europe, where the Statute of Artificers regulated the duration of apprenticeship, the length of apprenticeship in West Africa is influenced by age, the ability of the apprentice to assimilate lessons and achieve skill competence, the length of the probationary period, the financial status of sponsors and by the specifications in written contracts concerning apprenticeship fees. Therefor, widespread variations in duration exist within and between trades.
The shortest average length of apprenticeship is twenty-eight months recored for masonry and the longest is for gold-smithing.
In a minority of cases, intelligence and respect for authority have a role to play in when an apprentice completes training.
The duration of a weaving apprenticeship is 34 months. (International Handbook of Education for the Changing World of Work, Vol. 2)