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Youth Apprenticeships

Become a Youth Apprentice at WCTC

The Youth Apprenticeship (YA) program is a rigorous one- or two-year program for high school juniors and seniors that combines academic and technical classroom instruction with paid work experience, giving you a head start on your career.

Waukesha County School-to-Career Consortium initiatives are funded in part with support from the Wisconsin Youth Apprenticeship Grant.

Contact Information

Katie Meissner, Youth Apprenticeship Specialist

As a youth apprentice, you will:

  • Receive occupation-related instruction and on-the-job training as part of your regular high school schedule
  • Be paired with a workplace mentor
  • Be exposed to all facets of an industry
  • Develop the skills you need to succeed after graduation

After you successfully complete your apprenticeship, you’ll receive a state-issued skills certificate recognizing your career-related work experience. You may also continue on to complete a registered apprenticeship through a partnership between participating employers and WCTC. In the past, 80 percent of seniors who completed a YA were offered employment related to their training.

To participate in the YA program, you must be:

  • Enrolled in a public or private secondary school or other approved program which is part of the Waukesha County School-to-Career Youth Apprenticeship partnership or other YA Consortium.
  • In your junior or senior year of high school (you may begin your apprenticeship as early as the summer before junior year).
  • Likely to graduate at the end of your senior year.
  • Have participated in career exploration, guidance and/or education activities which allow you to make an informed choice.
  • Interested in hands-on, career-based learning.