My personal experience is similar to yours. I wanted to get started but didn't know anyone. I reached out to the local club and got put in touch with a Master who eventually became my sponsor. You do need to take initiative and show a genuine they will at least make sure you are reading the right material. I didn't start my actual apprenticeship, on paper and officially, till I had read and studied at the guidance of my would be sponsor for about 2 seasons. Taking it all in and learning is certainly paramount to a good foundation.