Youth Apprenticeship

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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.

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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)


Get a Jumpstart on your Career today!

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For Parents

  • 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.  

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