Wisconsin's technical colleges provide related instruction for the majority of apprenticeship programs in Wisconsin. Formal state-sponsored apprenticeship training has played a vital role in training Wisconsin's skilled workforce since 1911. And now there are more apprenticeship programs than ever before - training and education in high-demand jobs like IT and mechatronics (a program that combines several engineering areas; mechanical, computer and electrical). Apprenticeships in areas that aren't as high tech but still require important skills like cosmetology, bricklaying and child care are also options.


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Apprenticeship includes supervised, structured, on-the-job training and classroom based learning. Workers learn both the practical and theory aspects of a highly-skilled occupation in two to five years.


The purpose of apprenticeship is to prepare Wisconsin's skilled trades people (journey workers) to the workforce for the State of Wisconsin. Apprenticeship is an earn-while-you-learn program of on-the-job training combined with trade-related classroom instruction.


Apprentices work and train under a contract or written training agreement. This contract is between the apprentice, the employer, and the State of Wisconsin. While under contract, the employer agrees to teach the student the skills of the trade and the apprentice agrees to learn the skills involved. Other conditions of the contract, such as the length of training, amount of pay, the rate of periodic pay increases, and the related classroom hours are also covered.

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How To Get Started

In order to begin an apprenticeship, you will need a formal commitment from an employer-sponsor who is willing to meet employment and training requirements. After the agreement is made between student and employer, the next step is to locate the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards (BAS) contact in your area for assistance and more details. They will oversee the apprenticeship and help ensure your opportunity is the best it can be.

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