Youth Apprenticeship (YA) integrates school-based and work-based learning to instruct students in employability and occupational skills defined by Wisconsin industries. Local programs provide training based on statewide youth apprenticeship curriculum guidelines, endorsed by business and industry. Students are instructed by qualified teachers and skilled worksite mentors. Students are simultaneously enrolled in academic classes to meet high school graduation requirements, in a youth apprenticeship related instruction class, and are employed by a participating employer under the supervision of a skilled mentor.
Key elements of the youth apprenticeship program are:
Get started by talking to your school counselor, Youth Apprenticeship Local Coordinator or Regional Coordinator about how to apply and obtain career materials (plans of study) from your coordinators.
If accepted, you are eligible to interview at a company in the industry where you're looking to gain experience.
After a successful interview, you will participate in an onsite orientation where, among many other things, you will get to meet your new mentor.
Complete your industry specific YA requirements as you work and study during your apprenticeship.
Once all your requirements are fulfilled, you will receive your Certificate of Occupational Proficiency (YA certificate) from the Department of Workforce Development!
Youth Apprenticeship offers several career programs to pursue. The options may vary depending on the offerings for your local area.
Wisconsin's Work Based Learning options include: