Who is a Youth Apprentice?

Wisconsin’s Youth Apprenticeship program integrates school-based and work-based learning to provide students with employability and occupational skills.
Students are seeking entry into a specific career program area that aligns with their long-term career and training plans.  These students have completed the YA application process and have been given introductory employability skill training.

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Getting your Business Involved

Employer Benefits of Youth Apprenticeships Through the DCSC

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Develop a recruitment pipeline and train future employees


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Opportunities ​

Provide supervisory opportunities for your staff.


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Increase workforce diversity. Age diversity. Technology diversity. 


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Highly Motivated Students 

Work with highly motivated students and create positive relationships with local school districts.


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Technical Skills 

Students gain technical skills in the classroom that help them perform at a high level on the Work site.


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Influence  Curriculum 

Provide influence on curriculum offerings and student Program Areas: preparation.


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Reduce Turnover 

Reduce employee turnover and retaining costs by hiring youth apprentice graduates. Over 80% stay with their employer after HS graduation.


Employer Responsibilities

Youth Apprentices work 10-20 hours per week. Summer employment is encouraged. Students are given release time to work during the school day.
Employers flow chart is a visual representation of Employer and Mentor responsibilities. Following is a partial list of responsibilities.
-Interview and hire YA student(s) -Provide on-the-job training to YA student(s) as identified in the Youth Apprenticeship Checklist -Pay YA student(s) -Participate in regular Progress Reviews -Ensure 450 hours per year of worksite training/work hours -Comply with child labor laws Youth Apprenticeship could not exist without the commitment and support by local employers to develop the next generation of workers.


Employer Benefits

-Develop a recruitment pipeline and train future employees to your standards
-Increase workforce diversity
-Provide supervisory opportunities for staff
-Work with highly motivated students and create positive relationships with local schools
-Assessment of student for potential long-term employment
-Reduce employee turnover and retraining costs
-Help improve student career planning opportunities

Are you a Current Mentor? Please click here for our Mentor Training Video.
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.