Schools Helping to Grow Our Workforce: Youth Apprenticeship Grants Awards Announced

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) recently announced $2.2 million in Youth Apprenticeship (YA) grant awards to 32 regional consortiums. These grants will expand training opportunities for high school students across Wisconsin for the upcoming school year, and allow them to get a jump-start on learning the skills they need for in-demand jobs.

The Youth Apprenticeship program allows students to get hands-on learning in high-demand fields. They get a head start on their future careers by earning college credit, state skill certification, and real world work experience.

In the 2014-15 school year, Youth Apprenticeship grants supported work-based learning opportunities at nearly 1,800 businesses, in ten career areas, for more than 2,500 students. They were paid an average wage of $10.38 per hour to graduate on time and learn job skills. The top three program areas were manufacturing, agriculture, and hospitality/tourism.

Last year, the graduation rate for eligible youth apprentices was 84 percent, and 76 percent of the two-year graduates were offered employment opportunities. 

For more information about Wisconsin’s Youth Apprenticeship investment and a list of the 2015-16 grant recipients, click here.