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Explore Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship offers a unique workforce solution for both employers and job seekers. Learn more about the different types of apprenticeship in Wisconsin and find the right fit for you.

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Registered Apprenticeship

Registered apprenticeship offers numerous benefits to both employers and jobseekers. Apprenticeship is post-secondary education like a college or university. But there's a big difference. Apprentices learn only a portion of their skills in a traditional classroom. They receive most of their training on-the-job, while working for an employer who pays a good wage. The employment is the primary requirement for an apprenticeship - a job must exist for the apprentice to be trained. The classroom instruction is usually provided through the Wisconsin Technical College system.

Youth Apprenticeship

Youth Apprenticeship (YA) is a highly successful talent acquisition strategy in which employers hire high school juniors or seniors for a one or two-year apprenticeship. During the apprenticeship, the student continues toward high school graduation and takes courses related to the profession as a way of enhancing what is being learned on the job.

COVID-19 Youth Apprenticeship Program Update for 2020-2021

To provide flexibility for stakeholders, to reduce the burden on YA consortia, and to provide options for students to complete their 2020-2021 YA program, the Department of Workforce Development has extended the completion deadlines for the 2020-2021 completers.

Students will have until October 31, 2021 to complete their program. Regional YA Coordinators will also have until October 31, 2021 to complete end of year completion documentation.

Employers, learn more about Youth Apprenticeship.

Students, learn more about Youth Apprenticeship.

2021-22 Wisconsin Youth Apprenticeship Request for Proposal (RFP)


Youth Apprenticeship Releases Second Tier of Occupational Pathway Curriculum Modernization - The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) launches the second tier of modernized Youth Apprenticeship (YA) program curriculum, which will be used in the 2021-2022 school year. (08/19/21)

Certified Pre-Apprenticeship

Certified Pre-Apprenticeship is an opportunity to help job seekers gain the necessary skills for Registered Apprenticeship. These programs can play a valuable role in preparing you for a career, while contributing to the development of a diverse and skilled workforce. If you are interested in becoming an arborist or working in construction but don’t have the developed skills, Pre-Apprenticeship can connect you with local employers and begin your training toward your career goals. After completing the program, visit our Registered Apprenticeship page and put your new skills to action.

View certified pre-apprenticeship programs.

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Bridging YA to RA

The Youth Apprenticeship (YA) to Registered Apprenticeship (RA) Bridge program is a great way for employers to create a talent pipeline from high school youth apprentices into skilled and credentialed journey workers.

The YA to RA Bridge encourages employers to offer a registered apprenticeship to qualifying youth apprentices as the youth graduates from high school.

Employers interview and hire the former youth apprentice into a registered apprenticeship as appropriate and apply some of the hours of related instruction, on-the-job training or both gained through the youth apprenticeship toward the registered apprenticeship.

The Division of Facilities and Maintenance Services for Milwaukee Public Schools is bridging their youth apprenticeship program into registered apprenticeships to help fill open positions and those that will be vacated in coming years due to retirement creating a talent pipeline with cost savings.