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What Is Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeship is a system of work-based learning that fulfills the needs of industry by preparing workers for skilled trades. It combines on-the-job learning with classroom instruction and is sponsored by employers, employer associations, or labor/management groups that have the ability to hire and train in a working environment. Related instruction is usually provided by the Wisconsin Technical College System. Mid-State Technical College is proud to provide related instruction for several apprenticeships that serve both central Wisconsin and the balance of the state.

Why Choose Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeship is a mutually beneficial arrangement for both the apprentice and the employer.


  • Earn while you learn. Learn a skilled trade while earning a good wage and establishing a sense of job security.
  • Gain entry. Apprenticeship can serve as an entry point into a career that might have otherwise been closed to you due to lack of experience.
  • Acquire lasting expertise. You are provided a lifetime skill and comprehensive knowledge of the trade.
  • Learn transferable skills. The skills you learn are transferable from one employer to another and generally from one area of the country to another.
  • Prepare for advancement. Apprenticeship enhances your economic security in that graduate apprentices are often promoted to supervisory positions.


  • Apprenticeship training reduces turnover.
  • Apprenticeship training offers a long-term solution with measurable results.
  • Apprentices are usually highly productive workers.
  • Apprentices are among the most technologically up-to-date workers.
  • Structured training fosters quality and teamwork.
  • Apprenticeship programs provide employers with a pool of highly skilled workers from which future managers may be selected.
  • Training gives production workers a path for upward mobility.
  • Apprenticeship programs serve as an effective recruitment method for graduates of the Wisconsin Technical College System.
  • An employer’s costs in beginning an apprenticeship program are minimal.
  • Apprenticeship provides state and national recognition.

How Can I Become an Apprentice?

Mid-State Technical College currently provides related instruction for the following apprenticeships. Please click the link for the program you are interested in to learn more.