If you're doing it as it was done 30 years ago..you are getting more training then most new guys...take it while you can. (you're at a place where we preach the forgotten art
I wish they'd teach the way they did 100 years ago.
Even if you work for a shop with the latest technology, you may need to fall back on the fundamentals of pattern drafting. As for not using templates, your the one developing the patterns, don't you save them for other work that they maybe used on. I realize not all would be practical to save but many probably would be.
I'm not sure what you're referring to as "quiting the program", An apprentice program in most cases is a very good thing, you're more than likly not going to move any faster as a pre or apprentice?