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Youth Apprenticeship Program

Youth Apprenticeship (YA) allows high school juniors or seniors the opportunity to participate in a one or two-year apprenticeship. During the apprenticeship, students continue toward high school graduation and takes courses related to the profession as a way of enhancing what is being learned on the job.

The YA Program is coordinated locally by regional consortia and overseen by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD). Each consortium typically includes several participating high schools. Employers may hire from more than one high school and even work with multiple consortia to meet their hiring needs.

Advantages of Youth Apprenticeship

  • Start working and gain real experience in your chosen career field early
  • Decide if a career field or Register Apprenticeship is for you before high school graduation
  • Save money by applying some college classes and job experience towards your career
  • Finish your Registered Apprenticeship early, in some programs, because of the work you put in during high school
YA Level One (Year One) YA Level Two (Year Two)
  • Junior OR Senior year of high school
  • 450 hours of work-based learning minimum
  • 1 High School credit (or 2 semesters of related instruction) or 3 college credits of related instruction
  • Complete 1 On-the-Job Learning (OJL) Performance Guide
  • Junior AND Senior year of high school
  • 900 hours of work-based learning minimum
  • 2 High School credit (or 4 semesters of related instruction) or 6 college credits of related instruction
  • Complete 2 On-the-Job Learning (OJL) Performance Guides (in the same career program)

Youth Apprenticeship Registration

Students may start their Youth Apprenticeship:

Level One: As early as Summer after sophomore year or as late as Fall of the Senior year.
Level Two: As early as Summer after sophomore year or as late as Spring of the Junior year.

Youth Apprenticeships must be completed by August 31 following high school graduation.

If you’re interested in becoming a YA, talk with your high school’s Youth Apprenticeship coordinator or contact Jackie Esselman (715.422.5413) or Morgan “Mo” Simon (715.295.1289).