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.
Key Components of YA:
Available to HS Juniors and Seniors
Students work a minimum of 450 Paid Hours of Employment, 10-15 hrs/week, often during the school day. Current Average Wage $11.86/hr
Students gain the necessary power skills needed for successful careers
Work a part-time job in a field of actual career interest
Students enroll in pathway-specific concurrent related instruction (earning industry certifications and/or Dual Credit @ MATC)
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Foster frequent positive communication with your child’s Coordinator and Mentor
Respect the timing of your communication, and try to limit it during working hours, or only expect a response back during working hours.
Get involved in helping your child in their career planning decisions. This experience will provide them many insights and career ideas, they may not have considered previously
Allow for your child “learn from their mistakes”
Help your child to be proactive versus reactive
Help your child to “problem solve” possible challenges
Help your child to reflect on their performance at work and school
Don’t hover over your child, allow them to grow and to build confidence in their abilities
Don’t communicate directly with YA staff, encourage your child to advocate for themselves
Don’t call your child into WORK.
Expect your child to manage their schedules and activities without your support or guidance
Be quick to blame your school/teacher/mentor.