Chippewa Valley Youth Apprenticeship
What is the Youth Apprenticeship Program?
Youth Apprenticeship (YA) integrates school-based and work-based learning to instruct students in employability and occupational skills defined by Wisconsin industries. Local programs provide training based on statewide youth apprenticeship curriculum guidelines, endorsed by business and industry. Students are instructed by qualified teachers and skilled worksite mentors. Students are simultaneously enrolled in academic classes to meet high school graduation requirements, in a youth apprenticeship related instruction class, and are employed by a participating employer under the supervision of a skilled mentor.
How do Youth Apprenticeships work?
Youth Apprentices work a minimum of 450 hours at their YA worksite each year of their program and take related high school or college classes to enhance their worksite experiences. The school provides a teacher mentor that meets with the employer three times during the year to assist with skill development. At the end of the program, the employer completes an On-the-Job Learning Guide for the student, marking off competencies within the program area.
Benefits of Youth Apprenticeship
Get a jump start on your career
Earn a paycheck while learning from skilled professionals
Experience first-hand connections between high school education and real-life work
Increase career awareness and improve future employability
Receive a state-issued skills certificate which is recognized by employers
Develop the necessary skills needed for successful entry-level employment
Earn up to three (3) college credits at participating technical colleges
Increase visibility of employer's industry/business
Access to young workers who are eager to learn and have interest in the profession.
Quality, prescreened youth apprentices who receive ongoing support during their apprenticeship.
A method to address future hiring needs in a cost-effective and timely manner.
Opportunity to prepare future workers.
Opening to help educational personnel develop job-specific proficiencies.
Chance to become involved with worksite curriculum.
The chance to shape the skills, expectations and habits of youth apprentices at a young age.