Welcome to the crazy world of falconry! I agree with the others. Attend the upcoming functions and speak up to let folks know you are seriously interested in becoming an apprentice. Ask if anyone would be willing to let you accompany them on hunts. You will learn a lot by going out in the field with falconers and their birds. You mentioned you want a sponsor, but not a paper one. Hunting with some different falconers will let them get to know you; and, will let you get to know THEM. A two year apprenticeship means both sides need to enter the arrangement knowing what to expect of the other part of the "team". Falconry is a journey, enjoy!