Youth Apprenticeships

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.

As a youth apprentice, you’ll receive occupation-related instruction and on-the-job training as part of your regular high school schedule. You’ll be paired with a workplace mentor and exposed to all facets of an industry, allowing you to 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.

Past YA programs offered have included:

  • Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
  • Architecture and Construction
  • Arts, A/V Technology and Communications
  • Finance
  • Health Science
  • Hospitality, Lodging and Tourism
  • Information Technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
  • Transportation, Distribution and Logistics

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

If interested, please contact your high school’s youth apprenticeship site coordinator or WCTC’s youth apprenticeship specialist, Nathan Zorn, at 262.691.5557.

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