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Youth Apprenticeship would not exist without the commitment by local employers to develop the next generation of workers.
What is the YA program?
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. The YA Program is coordinated locally by regional consortia and overseen by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD). Each consortium typically includes several participating high schools. Employers may hire from more than one high school and even work with multiple consortia to meet their hiring needs.
Meeting business needs: Prepare the next generation of workers for your industry and business!
The YA Program has been connecting employers with high school student talent for over 25 years, creating a scalable and successful program with input from industry. Employers extend permanent job offers to more than 75 percent of the graduating youth apprentices annually, making YA an excellent pipeline for recruiting and retaining loyal, well-trained talent. Employers continually report a high level of satisfaction, and cite these program benefits:
Careers have been organized into 11 clusters based on common knowledge and similar skill requirements. Within each cluster there are pathways that break those careers down further into smaller groups.
Choosing a career path can feel like a daunting process at times and that is why it is important to consider what career clusters could be a good fit and explore on a broader scale first, sort of like testing the water before getting in.
Career clusters are a framework that allows us to examine areas of interest without having to choose a specific career right away. Youth Apprenticeship offers several career programs to pursue. The options may vary depending on the offerings for your local area.
Careers involve working with plants, animals, and the environment.
Careers involve designing and building homes, roads and other structures.
Careers involve creative tasks, such as performing or writing.
Careers involve helping people and animals with the medical care they need to get or stay healthy.
Careers involve working with computer hardware, software, or network systems.
Careers involve solving problems through research and design.
Key responsibilities of YA employers:
The work-based learning component of the YA Program is designed to provide an on-the-job learning environment for students by being "apprenticed" to an experienced mentor.
As with all apprenticeship programs, the work-based learning component is the primary method for teaching the required competencies, the local business becomes an extension of the classroom for the YA student. The required Related Technical classroom instruction is intended to support the work-based learning experience by providing theoretical knowledge and, when needed, providing appropriate skill development.
Learn more about the hiring process and expectations of Youth Apprenticeship Employment.