Youth Apprenticeship Program
How Does Youth Apprenticeship Work?
Youth Apprenticeship (YA) is a 1- or 2-year program that gives juniors and seniors in high school the chance to explore a career area of interest. Students spend part of their school day earning credit and wages while they gain valuable industry experience under the guidance of a local business mentor. Employers are also encourage to engage in ongoing conversations with the students regarding the potential for ongoing employment and post-secondary education recommendations tied to the careers that they were exposed to.
Every Youth Apprentice student that successfully completes the career path program requirements will earn an Occupational Skills Proficiency Certification. This certification verifies that they have gained the skills, knowledge, and experience necessary to be successful in their chosen industry within the state of Wisconsin.
Program Key Components
Students must enroll and completion 1 high school credit or 3 college credits of related concurrent instruction for each year that they are enrolled in the program.
On the Job Training
Students will complete 450 hours of training within their career area of interest under the guidance of an experienced mentor. This averages out to 10-20 hours per week
Students receive high school credit for the Youth Apprenticeship experience. Employers provide feedback on the employability and technical skills throughout the program.
How Do I Get Started as a Student?
Students can start applying in the spring semester for positions that begin the summer before their junior year.
Businesses select the apprentices that are the best fit for their organizations and open positions; there are no forced placements.
Connecting Student to Opportunities and Employers to Talents
How Do I Get Started as an Employer?
Interested employers can fill out a company profile to get started. We will contact you within 48 hours to discuss next steps.
Select an Apprentice
Once approved, businesses select the apprentices that are the best fit for their organizations and open positions.
Youth Apprenticeship Program Testimonials
Julia, Class of 2023
Judith A. S BSN, RN Manager Inpatient Services
Rob M, P.E., Water Systems Manager
Mary Sue L., Human Resources
John K. CIO and VP of Information Technology
Darryl A, Technology Services Director
Tim H., Workforce Development Manager
Kari P, Talent Acquisition Specialist
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