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Apprenticeship is a 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 in order for the apprentice to be trained. The classroom instruction is usually provided through the Wisconsin Technical College system.

The Benefits of Registered Apprenticeship


From day one, you will earn a paycheck guaranteed to increase over time.


Receive practical on-the-job learning in a wide selection of programs.


Get hands-on training and earn college credit while earning a great wage!


Apprenticeship can pave the way to a fulfilling, long-term career with competitive wages.


Get a nationally recognized completion certification and take it anywhere in the U.S.

How Do I Apply?

  1. Select an Occupation

    Explore what occupations and industry sectors fit your interests. You can search what industries are offered in your location and discover the average income offered. Wages may vary depending on the occupation you choose. Most apprentices begin at approximately 50% of the current skilled wage rate. Occupations may provide a periodic step increase every month or 1,040 hours. Apprentice’s wages must average 60% of the skilled wage rate during the term of the apprenticeship program.

  2. Apply Directly to the Sponsor

    Career seekers must apply directly to a sponsor. Application requirements will vary by occupation and sponsor. Construction registered apprenticeships are sponsored by local apprenticeship committees. All other registered apprenticeships are sponsored by individual employers. To learn more about individual employers, visit our Featured Sponsors.

Still Have Questions? Consult Our FAQs

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Q: What is the best way to obtain an apprenticeship?

A: Often the best chance to obtain an apprenticeship is to find an employer willing to hire you and persuade them to provide skilled training. However, some large industrial/manufacturing plans have a bargaining agreement with a union that makes apprenticeship opportunities only available to workers already employed in their workforce.


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