Youth Apprenticeship

Youth Apprenticeship is an elective program that joins academic and technical classroom instruction with mentored on-the-job learning for high school students.  Hands-on learning at a jobsite is combined with classroom instruction to help students make the connection between school and the world of work.  Students are paid for their work, and, upon successful completion of the program, will earn a Certificate of Occupational Proficiency from Wisconsin Department of Workforce Solutions.  Students also earn technical college credit or advanced-standing in technical college programs.

Who’s Eligible?

Students may apply for the Youth Apprenticeship program in the winter of their sophomore for 2-Year Certificate or junior year for 1 Year Certificate.  All students are eligible who complete the Youth Apprenticeship application packet, have earned a minimum of nine credits at completion of their third semester, and have a minimum of a 2.0 GPA.  Successful completion of a keyboarding course is recommended.  Proficiency on the 10th grade Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exam may be used as a screening tool.  Students are accepted on a conditional basis until they are employed.  Students who are conditionally accepted are required to participate in a program-related job shadow, prepare for and successfully complete a job interview, and comply with any employer requests prior to employment, such as drug screening or fingerprinting.  Once a student has secured a worksite, s/he is considered a Youth Apprentice.  Because worksites are limited, this is a competitive process. 

(Not all students who apply will be selected to be youth apprentices.)

 

How will the Youth Apprenticeship program benefit you?

Youth apprentices have the opportunity to:

  • Earn wages while learning from skilled professionals.
  • Earn credits or advanced standing in a related technical college program.
  • Increase career options and future employability.
  • Earn a Youth Apprenticeship competency certificate.
  • Have an employable skill upon graduation from high school.
  • Benefit from grant money that currently pays for tuition and fees.
  • Strengthen and apply academic skills.
  • See firsthand the connection between education and work.

 

What will your responsibilities be as a youth apprentice?

Your success in the Youth Apprenticeship program depends on you.  You will be expected to:

  • Secure a Youth Apprenticeship worksite.
  • Pay an annual student fee of $200 at application time and buy textbooks and materials needed for class.
  • Provide your own career attire and transportation.
  • Pass all classes required for graduation.
  • Meet all Youth Apprenticeship work and classroom requirements for appropriate level.
  • Work a minimum of ten hours per week as a junior and fifteen hours per week as a senior

    for a total a minimum of 450 hours for Level One or 900 hours for Level Two Certification.

  • Work the summer between your junior and senior years.
  • Complete and turn in weekly reports and a record of your hours weekly to your local coordinator.

 

Youth Apprenticeship opportunities are sponsored through a grant provided to the Green County Area School-To-Work Consortium.  Students may apply for a youth apprenticeship in one of the following areas:

 

Financial Services Youth Apprentices gain exposure to careers in banks, financial institutions, businesses and insurance agencies through completion of the following courses: Principles of Financial Institutions, Operations for Financial Institutions, Marketing for Financial Institutions and Business Law for Financial Institutions.  Classroom instruction is offered through Southwestern Wisconsin Technical College via online internet classes and/or at the high school.  Up to 12 Tran scripted credits or advanced standing credits can be earned.  In addition, student work-based learning experiences will include the teller line, customer service, lending, and operations functions of a financial institution, accounting practices and/or insurance services.  Students can choose to work in the Business Financial Management Pathway with accounting services, the Banking and Related Services Pathway in a bank or the Insurance Pathway at an insurance agency.  In Level One, students must complete a minimum of one unit, two semesters of related instruction, and 450 work hours within the one year.  In Level Two, students must complete a minimum of two units, four semesters of related instruction, and 900 work hours within the two years.

            Students in the Health Services Youth Apprenticeship Program will complete a Job shadow prior to application acceptance to determine in which specialty area they will study and work.  Specialty Areas are: Health Care Foundations, Health Information Management, Medical Assistant, Nursing Assistant, and Pharmacy Technician (senior year only).

            For Level One certification, students in the HCF, MA and NA Specialty Areas must complete the Skilled Nursing Assistant Course during the summer and pass the certification exam before starting work in the fall.  For MA, they are also required to take Medical Terminology, either spring or fall semester.  For HCF, HIM, NA and PT, students can take either Medical Terminology or Intro to Health Record.  For PT, students can take Beginning Laboratory Skills or Quality Concepts in the Laboratory.  All health courses are taken at Blackhawk Technical College-Monroe Campus or online.  For HIM, students take Word Processing or Computer Application courses at their high schools for their other course.   Students complete a minimum of 450 work hours at a nursing home and/or clinic/hospital, depending on the chosen specialty area, and complete 2 semesters of related instruction.

            Level Two students are required to complete four Specialty Area-related courses designed to assist them in earning all required health services competencies and acquire skills.  A minimum of 4 semesters of related instruction and 900 work hours at a nursing home and/or a clinic/hospital are required.  The Phlebotomist Certification program may also be completed by taking coursework at BTC followed by a practicum at the Monroe Clinic.  Successful completion allows the student the opportunity to take the Phlebotomist Certification exam.  Students enrolled in the Health Services Youth Apprenticeship Program earn 8 – 12 transcripted credits with BTC.  In this program, students are responsible for transportation to classes and work.  Students are also responsible for uniforms and nursing shoes for work.  A $200 yearly fee will be assessed for program coordination and processing. After successful completion of program requirements, students receive a Certificate of Occupational Proficiency from the Department of Workforce Solutions.

            The Hospitality, Lodging and Tourism Youth Apprenticeship Program is applicable for students interested in customer service, culinary arts, travel, tourism, lodging or a business management career.  All students must complete the core hospitality and tourism foundational competencies in employability skills, customer service, safety, security and basic hospitality and tourism fundamentals.  For Level One, students must complete 180 hours (2 semesters) of technical classroom instruction either at a high school or technical college and work for a minimum of 450 hours, completing at least two units within one year.  For Level Two, students must complete 360 hours (4 semesters) of technical classroom instruction either at a high school or technical college and work for a minimum 900 hours, completing at least four units within two years.  Students can choose from units in the Restaurant & Food/Beverage Services Pathway or the Lodging Pathway.  Students enrolled in the program may earn advanced standing credit at a Wisconsin Technical College offering this degree program.

            In the Information Technology Youth Apprenticeship Program, students may choose one year of classroom instruction at their high schools with a minimum of 450 work hours, or two years of classroom instruction with a minimum of 900 work hours.  Industry mentors teach youth apprentices the skills and knowledge needed to find entry-level employment in the information technology industry.  The related classroom instruction at the high schools addresses these areas: basic computer skills, word processing, database applications, and spreadsheet in year one; and graphics, presentation software, programming, networking and additional technical computer information in year two.  After successful completion of program requirements, students receive a Certificate of Occupational Proficiency from the Department of Workforce Solutions and may receive Advanced Standing Credit from BTC or any Wisconsin Technical College offering the related associate degree program.  Successful completion of the program also qualifies

            YA’s to pursue a number of industry certifications, including A+, Network+ and other Microsoft office certifications.  A $200 yearly fee will be assessed for processing and program coordination. Students are responsible for transportation to work.  Students are also responsible for professional apparel for work.

            The Manufacturing YA Program is designed to provide students with a working understanding of core manufacturing industry skills and occupationally specific skills that serve as the standards for occupations in the manufacturing industry.  Instruction currently takes place at high schools during the school day.  Manufacturing YA students are required to perform all of the Core and Safety skills, as well as the Manufacturing Fundamentals skills for EACH pathway they enroll in.

            Level One (one year) YA students working 450 hours are to choose additional competencies from a minimum of Manufacturing Pathway from the following list:  Production Pathways-Assembly & Packaging, Casting, Conditioning, Filling, Finishing, Forming, Joining/Combining, Machining-Grinder, Machining-Lathe, Machining-Machine Center, Molding, Separating OR Productions Operations Management Pathway-Productions Control and Quality Management.  Level Two (two year) YA students working 900 hours are to complete competencies from a minimum of two Manufacturing Pathways from the list above.

            In the Welding Youth Apprenticeship Program, students will receive instruction in cutting processes, welding processes, blueprint reading, and related manufacturing/fabrication techniques.  Instruction currently takes place at high schools during the school day.  Students will be employed as welders at their work-based learning site.  A mentor will oversee training on the job.  Students receive training in cutting processes, shielded metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding, gas metal arc welding and flux core arc welding.  Students enrolled in this program will earn advanced-standing credits at Blackhawk Technical College. Students are responsible for transportation to classes and work, need to provide work boots, helmet and shield, and clothes/uniform appropriate to the workplace along with any specialized equipment required by employer.  After successful completion of program requirements, students receive a Certificate of Occupational Proficiency from the Department of Workforce Solutions.