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What's New

Photos and keynote presentations from the 26th Biennial Wisconsin Apprenticeship Conference are now available online!

The Conference was overwhelmingly positive - despite the frigid winter and economic climates - from the direct experiences of more than 400 participants to the eager interest of high schools across our state to Governor Walker's support of apprenticeship.

Thank you to all sponsors, presenters and participants for your support!

What is Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeship is a structured system of training designed to prepare individuals for skilled occupations. It combines on-the-job learning under the supervision of experienced journey workers with related classroom instruction. It is sponsored by employers, employer associations, or labor/management groups that can hire and train in a working situation.

The employment opportunity is the most basic requirement for an apprenticeship. Without a job there is no "on-the-job" learning, and such training represents about 90% of the program. Apprentices who successfully complete the prescribed number of training hours in an apprenticeship program become certified skilled workers.

A written agreement between the apprentice and the sponsor is registered with the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards, Department of Workforce Development.

Types of Apprenticeships

Select a trade area to explore apprenticeship:

VIDEO - Apprenticeship Chain Reaction

The decision to train your skilled workforce using the structured apprenticeship method can start a chain reaction of positive results for your company.  This video shows how.

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