I've been reading that experience counts more than formal schooling when it comes to looking for a job. There aren't many schools that teach sound design separately.
I know that some, like the tattoo industry, still use an apprenticeship model - the apprentice pays a fee directly to the master-in-resident in order to receive on-the-job sound design training. In most other industries, the apprentice is the one who gets paid.
It might work. The student gets meaningful experience that is most likely less expensive than an audio recording school, and the master gets paid. Of course, the student will probably still have to clean the toilets and whatnot, just because it has to be done.
Maybe there could be more virtual internships like this one: http://www.musicofsound.co.nz/blog/need-a-mentor
It's just a passing thought, but do you guys think old-school apprenticeships are worth considering?