"The students at the Kerschensteiner School, like their counterparts in other industries, are known as azubis, an abbreviation of "auszubildende," which means something like "trainees." You can still see people in Germany, whose apprenticeship system has its roots in the guilds of the Middle Ages, wandering about in broad-brimmed hats and old-fashioned vests; they aren't historical re-enactors but craftspeople who can make you a wooden chair or, if they're wearing top hats, clean your chimney. 
"Schornsteinfeger" (Chimney Sweeps) in Uckermark, 1973.
Photo: Roger Melis/ © Mathias Bertram, Berlin. From here.
Seven students in Wilsch's class wore tall paper chef's hats; one was foppish and floppy; otherwise they were unremarkable." (54)

Kulish, Nicholas. "One Tiny German Town, Seven Big Michelin Stars" New York Times Magazine, Sunday, April 7, 2013.

I love this very much. Personally, I think America could adopt a modified apprenticeship program (and better support those that already exist as an alternative to the university route), and I would DEFINITELY vote for occupation-specific millinery.