Please check any statements that you agree with:
__Paid on-the-job work is very important for youth.
__High Schools should be working with local businesses to develop a skilled work force.
__Career and Technical courses (Ag, Tech Ed., Business, and FCE) play a vital role in career exploration for students
__Skilled workers are hard to find and hard to keep.
If you checked any of the boxes above, get excited about 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. Students are instructed by qualified teachers and skilled worksite mentors. As an example, Jeff wants to participate in a YA program of study for Manufacturing. He signs up for a YA with the schools YA Coordinator. Jeff enrolls in 2 related courses at school that will assist him in his YA of Manufacturing. Jeff gets a job at Bill’s Welding and Manufacturing and completes the skills checklist during the year and works at least 450 hours. Upon completion of the program Jeff has gained amazing skills in Manufacturing, a paycheck, and has received a State Certificate, and his school received funding to increase Career and Technical Education.
Youth Apprenticeship Program Requirements
- Junior OR Senior year of High School
- 450 hours of work-based learning MINIMUM for a one-year program, 900 hours of work based learning MINIMUM for a two-year program (this includes summer hours)
- 2 semesters of related classroom instruction (CTE courses work great)
Programs of Study (11 areas of opportunity)
- Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
- Architecture and Construction
- Art, A/V Technology & Communications
- Health Science
- Hospitality, Lodging & Tourism
- Information Technology
- Marketing (New 2017-2018)
- Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)
- Transportation, Distribution and Logistics
What’s in it for the student?
- Paid work experience, State skills certificate, 3 CVTC credits in Agriculture, schools are also offering other incentives to students such as; work release, gift incentives, school credits and equipment.
What’s in it for the employer?
- Grow your workforce through skills based checklist, qualify for tax incentives, donate back to your schools CTE programs through this program.
What’s in it for the school?
- $350 per student signed up for a YA Program, completed certificates qualify for an additional $1000 each, and work experience for students.
What to do next:
- Contact the YA Coordinator in your school to publicize that your business is interested in partnering with high school juniors and seniors and building skilled workers. We can sign students up during the year or prepare for next year as students continue to do career development.
- Visit https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/youthapprenticeship/ for more information
District Name of Contact Phone
Altoona Kelly Ostrander 715-839-6031
Augusta Arika Kirkham 715-286-3350
Bloomer Darren Swartz 715-568-2800
Bruce Doug Schmitz 715-868-2585
Cadott Keith Becker 715-289-4211
Chippewa Falls Laura Bushendorf 715-726-2406
Cornell Amy Stillman 715-861-6989
Eau Claire Drew Seveland 715 852-3102
Eleva Strum Jamie Stendahl 715-695-2696
Fall Creek Kayla Loewenhagen 715-877-1090
Flambeau Jodi Zimmer 715-532-3183
Gilman Leigh Dobberstein 715-447-8211
Gilmanton Kory Rud 715-946-3158
Greenwood Karla Vinci 715-267-6101
Ladysmith Stacey Armitage 715-532-5531
Lake Holcombe Thea Hempel 715-595-4241
McDonell Ruthann Proue 715-723-9126
Menomonie Ryan Sterry 715-232-2606
Neillsville Amy Gerhardt 715-743-8713
New Auburn Nanette Goodman 715-237-2505
Osseo-Fairchild Sharon Steinke 715-597-3141
Owen-Withee Julie Kodl 715-229-2151
Stanley-Boyd Tyler Kopplin 715-644-5534
Thorp Sam Goettl 715-669-5401
Employers play a critical role in collaborating on new public-private approaches to closing the skills gap. Inspire Connections gives the west central Wisconsin region a unique opportunity to engage our future workforce by strengthening the relationship between our business and education communities. But, we need your help to ensure the initiative is successful.
Inspire Connections can help you improve your company’s local talent pipeline by connecting your company with students (6th grade through college), their parents and educators to inform them about your company and industry needs as well as work-based learning opportunities that you may offer.
Enroll your company today to create a free employer profile that will reach your future talent!
If your company, organization or program doesn’t already have a profile, start here: https://registration.careercruising.com/app/components/partnerRegistration/signup.html?sid=57
- Increase your business’ visibility and highlight your community involvement
- Promote careers that are available in the region and help students realize that there are many opportunities in your community
- Nurture your future workforce by connecting with them early in their career development
- Bridge the skills gap of students coming out of high school by communicating what the real world needs
- Help build Wisconsin into a workforce-strong and economically vibrant state
- Positively affect and directly address the region’s drop-out, graduation and unemployment rates