Quoting The Seattle Stranger:
"The atelier system - of extended apprenticeships in the studios of master artists - is an old European tradition, spanning back to the Renaissance and up[.]"
This is in reference to an art school in Seattle.
The MIT AI Lab was a computer science form of this structure. With the demise of such places, including the NCSA Supercomputing Center, how do we train master programmers? It seems that we are currently relying on luck.