Youth Apprenticeship | Northcentral Technical College

Youth Apprenticeship Program

The Youth Apprenticeship (YA) program is a rigorous one- or two-year elective statewide program that combines academic and technical instruction with mentored, paid, on-the-job learning that makes a real world connection for students.

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. High school juniors and seniors from participating North Central Wisconsin School-to-Career Partnership schools are eligible to participate.

Benefits of Youth Apprenticeship

For Students:

  • Follow a career pathway from high school to post-secondary institutions or the workforce
  • 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 college credit after completion through Credit for Prior Learning opportunities

For Employers:

  • Shape the quality of your future workforce
  • Access a pipeline of skilled employees
  • Recruit potential employees
  • Build greater employee loyalty and lower turnover
  • Create positive PR by helping youth with employment and education
  • Develop partnerships with local high schools

My Youth Apprenticeship has given me amazing opportunities and experiences that I would not have had [otherwise]. It has furthered me in my company and has really showed me what I want to do for the rest of my career. If you have the opportunity to do a Youth Apprenticeship, I would highly recommend it.

Derrick Schmidt, Stratford HS, Manufacturing YA — AMS Bowfishing

Youth Apprenticeship Programs

Youth Apprenticeship programs are available in the following categories:

  • Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
  • Architecture and Construction
  • Finance
  • Graphic Design/Printing
  • Health
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Information Technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing
  • Science Technology, Engineering and Math
  • Transportation Distribution and Logistics

Hear students talk about their experiences in YA programs:

Participate in Youth Apprenticeship

With many moving parts, it takes a variety of people to coordinate the academic and real-world experiences involved in a Youth Apprenticeship program. Learn more about youth apprenticeships for:


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