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A Youth Apprenticeship is a one or two year “earn while you learn” program for high school juniors and seniors consisting of work and related classroom instruction in a chosen occupation. Training is received on-the-job where the employer teaches the skills of the occupation. This is augmented by taking courses that are related to that occupation. No matter what the youth apprentice decides to do after high school, they will be more prepared for success because of their apprenticeship!
From day one, you will earn a paycheck for your work.
Receive practical on-the-job training in your chosen occupation.
You will learn from both your job and classroom related instruction.
Youth Apprenticeship can lead to a fulfilling, long-term career.
Earn an industry recognized completion certificate.
Youth Apprenticeship (YA) opportunities are organized into 11 broad YA Program Areas. Within each Program Area are a number of more specific Occupational Pathways. Click on the Program Area icons below to find out more about your options!
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 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.
Consider the various career options above and speak to your school counselor, teachers, and parents. Think about whether you would like to work outside or inside, with other people or more by yourself. Exploring your options and preferences will help you find a good YA program match for you!
Identify the YA Regional Coordinator in your area and talk to them to learn more about the program, its requirements, and benefits. Decide if a Youth Apprenticeship is the right opportunity for you, and if it is, apply!
Once potential employers have been identified, prepare for your interview. This is a great chance to hone your communication and self-advocacy skills! Your YA Coordinator can help with suggestions and interview tips.
After a successful interview, you will likely participate in an onsite orientation where, among many other things, you will get to meet your new workplace mentor, work out your schedule, and learn more about workplace expectations.
As you are learning on the job, your employer will regularly review your progress with you to ensure your success in the program.
Upon completion of your Youth Apprenticeship you will receive a state Certificate of Occupational Proficiency from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.
Contact DWD staff who oversee the YA at YA@dwd.wisconsin.gov, or find your YA Regional Coordinator to explore options in your local area!