Youth Apprenticeship is a rigorous one or two year elective program for juniors and seniors, that combines academic and technical classroom instruction with mentored, on-the-job training to provide students with industry-established occupational and employability skills. Post-secondary and business partnerships are essential for a successful youth apprenticeship program.
Please note that application to the Youth Apprenticeship program does not guarantee job placement. Full participation in the program and the ability to earn the Youth Apprenticeship certificate requires both on-the-job training and related technical classroom instruction.
Currently, Youth Apprenticeship programs are offered in the following areas (click on an individual area to find additional information):
- Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources Program
- Architecture & Construction Program
- Arts, A/V Technology & Communications Program
- Finance Program
- Health Science Program
- Hospitality, Lodging & Tourism Program
- Information Technology Program
- Manufacturing Program
- Marketing Program
- Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) Program
- Transportation, Distribution & Logistics Program
Checklist to Completing a Youth Apprenticeship
Step 1: Career Exploration and Research
The Youth Apprenticeship Program is a great tool for students to use to explore a particular industry or career path they are interested in pursuing after high school. Before applying, students should:
Visit the State of Wisconsin Youth Apprenticeship Website to learn more about the different industry areas.
Narrow down which industry (or two) they would like to apply to work in for their Youth Apprenticeship. Students should consider their interests, skillsets, related courses they’ve already taken in these industry areas while deciding on the industry areas.
Talk with their counselor to help narrow down the different career options and what courses might be available at school related to those options
Talk with family, neighbors, friends, and community members who are in the industry(s) they are interested in learning more about. Not only is this a great way to learn about that industry, but it may also open the doors for a potential job placement!
Step 2: Learn About the Youth Apprenticeship Program
Students who are interested in becoming a Youth Apprentice should attend an info session held in the beginning of the spring semester to learn more about the program. Students looking to participate in the Youth Apprenticeship program for the 2023-2024 school year must attend one of the following sessions. Please click the link(s) below to register.
Registration Links for Info Sessions
If you are unable to attend an info session, please contact Annie Johnston (firstname.lastname@example.org) to find a time to discuss the program and next steps.
Step 3: Student Application
Students may apply to be in the Youth Apprenticeship program anytime during their sophomore year through the end of their senior year of high school. When applying, students should have the following information ready:
Names and email addresses of 3 references (2 may be from school, 1 must be from the community such as an employer). Family members and friends should NOT be references
Name and email address of student’s parent/guardian
List of classes student has ALREADY taken that relate to the Youth Apprenticeship program
Resume (not required to submit application, but strongly encouraged)
Please note that a submitted application does not guarantee admittance into the program. Students must meet with Experiential Learning staff during Youth Apprenticeship Interview (see Step 4) to be considered.
Step 4: Youth Apprenticeship Interview
Once the student completes their application, an intake interview will be conducted between the Experiential Learning Coordinator and the student. This interview goes over the student’s application and discusses the next steps towards the student’s admittance into the program.
Step 5: Get Ready
Once admitted, student will work with Experiential Learning staff to complete the steps identified during the Youth Apprenticeship Interview. This could include: finalizing resume, submitting references, enrolling in related coursework, etc. Student will then work toward gaining employment within their chosen Youth Apprenticeship career cluster.
**a Youth Apprenticeship employer placement is not guaranteed upon admittance into the Youth Apprenticeship program. Students are encouraged to reach out to employers they are interested in working with in addition to applying to opportunities shared by Youth Apprenticeship staff.
Step 6: Employed
Once a student is hired, they will need to
Schedule an Education and Training Agreement within 30 days of hire. Student, Employer, Parent/Guardian, and Youth Apprenticeship staff must be present at this meeting
Accept invitation to Youth Apprenticeship Google Classroom
Step 7: Youth Apprenticeship Program Completion
Student will complete all required Google Classroom assignments, time tracking, semester reflections, and attend in-person group sessions and 1:1 meetings as needed
Student will complete at total of 450 hours per year
Submit a final industry job guide and post-program survey
For general inquiries or questions on how to apply, please contact Annie Johnston, Experiential Learning Coordinator, at email@example.com.
Resources for Students
Self-paced information on how to successfully complete applications, write a resume/cover letter, and interviewing techniques
Resume and Cover Letter Templates
If you are interested in learning more about the Youth Apprenticeship program but are not ready (or old enough) to apply, please complete the interest form and someone will contact you to discuss your questions.