Youth Apprenticeship (YA) Program

The Youth Apprenticeship (YA) program is a rigorous one- or two-year program for high school juniors and seniors that combine academic and technical classroom instruction with paid work experience, allowing them to explore a career while still in high school.

Youth apprentices receive occupational-related instruction and on-the-job training as part of their regular high school schedule, and they leave high school with a state skills certificate and career-related work experience. Those who successfully complete the YA program and graduate from high school may be eligible for advanced standing in specific technical college programs.

YA students are partnered with a workplace mentor and are exposed to all facets of an industry resulting in attainment of competencies and skills set by the industry. WCTC staff provides the regional coordination for the Youth Apprenticeship programs offered in Waukesha County.

To participate in the YA program, students must be:

  • Enrolled in a public or private secondary school
  • On target to graduate or have achieved at least junior standing
  • At least 16 years old
  • Interested in hands-on learning

Students and parents who are interested in Youth Apprenticeship opportunities should contact their high school School-to-Work coordinator or WCTC's Youth Apprenticeship specialist, Tim Alft at 262.691.5557.