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Give Your Company an Edge.

Apprentices work and train from day one, which helps employers address two problems at once: the current shortage of skilled workers and the ongoing need for a highly skilled workforce.

  • Apprentice training is a perfect blend of training coupled with work and productivity.
  • Apprenticeships allows you to tailor you employee training to fit your specific needs:  In your facility, on your equipment, in your environment, to your culture, meeting your standards and goals.
  • Apprenticeship provides you an internal career ladder and is a mechanism to promote your currently unskilled workers.
quote from david schaller of jp cullen apprenticeship gives us the ability to train and develop future leaders. it's the future of our company.

Here's How to Get Started.

1. Contact your Apprenticeship Training Representative.

Wisconsin has Apprenticeship Training Representatives (ATRs) throughout the state ready to help you identify the apprenticeship model that best suits your company. When you call or e-mail your ATR, you’ll get intensive, one-on-one technical assistance and on-site guidance to get your program up and running.  Contact your ATR to learn more about how apprenticeship can help.

2. Develop your apprenticeship program.

Based on your business and training needs, your ATR will show you how apprenticeship can meet those needs. Your ATR will identify existing programs that can serve as a guide or can help you set up a program for a new occupation.

Guidance is provided during every step of setting up your program. That means your program administration and related documents will adhere to state requirements while ensuring that your workforce training keeps pace with industry standards. Once developed, your program structure is your blueprint to ensure high-quality on-the-job learning and cutting-edge theoretical instruction for your skilled workforce. Your ATR will work with you to develop your program and will be right there to help troubleshoot any issues that may come up.

Apprenticeship Occupations

Annually, Wisconsin registers apprenticeships in hundreds of different occupations, ranging from the traditional construction trades (plumbers, electricians, carpenters, etc.) to service (cosmetologists, utility line workers, etc.) to industrial (maintenance mechanic, tool and die, etc.)  Learn more about selected apprenticeable occupations in each of these sectors:

Construction Sector Apprenticeships
Industrial/Manufacturing Sector Apprenticeships
Service Sector Apprenticeships

Apprenticeship is an effective solution in any occupation that involves progressive attainment of manual, mechanical or technical skills, and knowledge which meets industry standard for that occupation, and which:

  • Requires at least 2,000 hours of on-the-job learning to attain.
  • Is customarily learned in a practical way through a structured, systematic program of on-the-job supervised learning.
  • Requires related theoretical (academic) instruction to supplement the on-the-job learning.
  • Is clearly identified and recognized as an occupation throughout an industry.

Apprenticeship training is in constant evolution – industry stakeholders from all over Wisconsin work together to keep apprentice training current and future-focused.

3. Become approved to train apprentices.

Wisconsin’s Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards (BAS) is the registration agency for apprenticeship. When you are approved to sponsor apprentices, you join more than 2,000 Wisconsin employers who have chosen to train their skilled workforce using apprenticeship.

The primary responsibility of an approved sponsor is to provide the on-the-job training to the apprentice under the supervision of skilled workers. The sponsor pays the apprentice for work performed and for the hours of related instruction specified in the program.  The apprentice works at a reduced wage while learning the trade - wages increase as more skill is attained. 

Once approved as a sponsor, you and your apprentices enter into a written agreement that specifies the length of training, related school requirements, an outline of the skills to be learned and the wages the apprentice will receive.  Start building your program today by filling out a no-obligation application or contact your ATR to learn more.

link to sponsor application

4. Grow your skilled workforce through Apprenticeship.

Once your apprenticeship program is established, you’ll have access to tools and resources designed to help you maintain your program. Your ATR will help you analyze and evaluate the training to determine what is working well or what could be more effective. You’ll have access to industry experience and expertise. You’ll capture the skills and knowledge of your existing skilled workforce and pass it on to your newer employees.


Need a Reason to Train Apprentices?
How About 10?

10 Attract Better Applicants.
Apprentices are looking for a career, not just a job. So they’ll be more loyal and take the job more seriously.
9 Instill Your Company's Values.
Train the kind of employees you want working for you. Apprentices understand how your company works and follow your company’s rules.
8 More Loyal Employees.
Employees brought up in your company are more likely to stay with you. Apprenticeship fosters retention & loyalty, helping you reduce turnover.
7 Gain a More Knowledgeable Workforce.
Apprentices learn on the jobsite and in the classroom. This unique training combination puts their skills and knowledge into practice immediately.
6 Benefit from Skilled Workers.
You want employees that can perform the specific tasks your business demands. Apprenticeship builds employees with the skills and certifications you need.
5 Replenish Your Skilled Workforce.
Don’t allow valuable expertise to walk out the door with your aging workforce. Pass it on to new employees through apprenticeship.
4 Increase Safety.
More skilled, more knowledgeable apprentices make fewer mistakes. And with fewer mistakes and fewer accidents, your company will be a lot safer.
3 Increase Productivity.
Apprentices trained specifically to your needs will work smarter and more efficiently, which makes your company more productive.
2 Become More Competitive.
Apprenticeship gives you an edge. A more productive company is a more competitive company.
1 Earn a Return on Your Investment.
A more productive, more competitive company is more profitable. For every dollar you spend training apprentices, you earn $1.50 back.

quote from gene fahrney of baker mfg the training is valuable even for people coming in with lots of experience
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