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Explore Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship offers a unique workforce solution for both employers and job seekers. Learn more about the different types of apprenticeship in Wisconsin and find the right fit for you.

Registered Apprenticeship Youth Apprenticeship Pre-Apprenticeship Bridging YA to RA

Registered Apprenticeship

Registered apprenticeship offers numerous benefits to both employers and jobseekers. Apprenticeship is post-secondary education like a college or university. But there's a big difference. Apprentices learn only a portion of their skills in a traditional classroom. They receive most of their training on-the-job, while working for an employer who pays a good wage. The employment is the primary requirement for an apprenticeship - a job must exist for the apprentice to be trained. The classroom instruction is usually provided through the Wisconsin Technical College system.

Youth Apprenticeship

Youth Apprenticeship (YA) is a highly successful talent acquisition strategy in which employers hire high school juniors or seniors for a one or two-year apprenticeship. During the apprenticeship, the student continues toward high school graduation and takes courses related to the profession as a way of enhancing what is being learned on the job.

Pre-Apprenticeship

Pre-Apprenticeship is an opportunity to help job seekers gain the necessary skills for Registered Apprenticeship. These programs can play a valuable role in preparing you for a career, while contributing to the development of a diverse and skilled workforce. If you are interested in becoming an arborist or working in construction but don’t have the developed skills, Pre-Apprenticeship can connect you with local employers and begin your training toward your career goals. After completing the program, visit our Registered Apprenticeship page and put your new skills to action.

View approved pre-apprenticeship programs.

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Bridging YA to RA

The Youth Apprenticeship (YA) to Registered Apprenticeship (RA) Bridge program is a great way for employers to create a talent pipeline from high school youth apprentices into skilled and credentialed journey workers.

The YA to RA Bridge encourages employers to offer a registered apprenticeship to qualifying youth apprentices as the youth graduates from high school.

Employers interview and hire the former youth apprentice into a registered apprenticeship as appropriate and apply some of the hours of related instruction, on-the-job training or both gained through the youth apprenticeship toward the registered apprenticeship.

The Division of Facilities and Maintenance Services for Milwaukee Public Schools is bridging their youth apprenticeship program into registered apprenticeships to help fill open positions and those that will be vacated in coming years due to retirement creating a talent pipeline with cost savings.