Youth Apprenticeship Program
The Wisconsin Youth Apprenticeship program integrates school-based and work-based learning. There are a variety of youth apprenticeship choices offered through school districts. Discussion with a school counselor or School to Career Coordinator helps a student choose an option that best meets his or her needs and career goals. See the side panel for different programs offered in Dane County.
How it Works
Youth apprenticeship students will continue taking classes at their high school while working as an apprentice at a participating business. Students will be enrolled in a technical class related to their youth apprenticeship program. These courses may be offered at either their high school or off campus. Most students get release time to leave school and go to work, while earning school credit for the work-based learning component.
Benefits to Students
- build a resume for career portfolio, and/or college/scholarship applications
- received paid on-the-job training
- develop skill-sets in their career field
- complete advanced coursework in a specific career field
- earn credit for prior learning at the technical college or University
- earned a recognized skills certificate of occupational proficiency from the State of Wisconsin
- develop a network of contact in your career field
- reduced your future educational expenses. (More direct career path, employer sponsored tuition, etc.)
State Skills Certificate
One-year students who meet all program requirements, including completion of 450 hours of work-based training, will receive a Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Certificate of Occupational Proficiency.
Two-year students who meet all program requirements, including completion of 900 hours of work-based training, will receive a Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Certificate of Occupational Proficiency.