How It Works

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Youth Apprenticeship

Aligning Education and workforce development for mutual benefit

Program Key Components

 Year 1Year 2
On-the-Job training Complete 450 hour
12-15 Hours
Per week avg
Complete an additional 450 hours for a total 900 occupational hours
Eligibility Junior or Senior Students Senior Students that successfully completed a year 1 program.
Academic Courses

Enroll in two semesters of related coursework at the high school or local college (also earning Dual Credit)Enroll in two semesters of related coursework at the high school or local college
BenefitsEarn industry certifications and potential of bridging the YA to a RA (Registered Apprentice)Earn industry certifications and potential of bridging the YA to a RA (Registered Apprentice)
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WHAT'S
NEXT?

Apply

Students can start applying in the spring semester for positions that begin the summer before their junior year.

It Can Be A Competitive Hiring Process

Businesses select the apprentices that are the best fit for their organizations and open positions; there are no forced placements.

You're Hired

Once hired, apprentices spend part of their week learning at school and part of the week learning on the job.

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Youth apprentices split their time between their traditional high school classroom and the workplace. They earn a wage while receiving hands-on work experience where they can apply their classroom learning. By the conclusion of the program, students will have:

  • meaningful work experience
  • a state-recognized industry certification
  • a professional network 
  • the opportunity to earn debt-free college credit

The Youth Apprenticeship model is mutually beneficial for both apprentices and employers. Hiring apprentices is a dynamic investment in your company and workforce, and businesses receive:

  • a productive employee: apprentices are a true team member doing meaningful work 
  • a talent pipeline of skilled, diverse workers that innovate the workforce
  • a valuable connection to the community
  • more leadership and growth opportunities for existing staff
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