Synonyms of 'novitiate'
1 apprenticeshipDictionary, training, probation
These monks left the monastery without completing their novitiate.
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Someone who has an apprenticeship works for a fixed period of time for a person who has a particular skill in order to learn the skill. Apprenticeship is the system of learning a skill like this.
He served an apprenticeship as a tool-maker.
novitiate or noviciate
Probation is a period of time during which someone is judging your character and ability while you work, in order to see if you are suitable for that type of work.
The appointment will be subject to a six-month term of probation.
Thesaurus for novitiate from the Collins English Thesaurus
the state of being a novice , esp in a religious order, or the period for which this lasts