Talent Attraction

Youth Apprenticeship


Youth Apprenticeship (YA) is a work-based learning program for area high school juniors and seniors that serves as a talent acquisition strategy for local employers to build a strong future workforceThis program is run through the Department of Workforce Development (DWD).

Upon completion (450 work hours/year) of the program, these young people are better prepared to continue working toward their chosen career field and have gained valuable skills necessary to be successful in the Wisconsin workforce.

The Youth Apprenticeship Program has 11 approved pathways areas for students to participate in.   


Why students should get involved

This DWD program is an opportunity to combine on-the-job work experience and school-based learning. Juniors and Seniors are eligible to participate. The YA program is a great way to get hands-on work experience before you graduate high school.  


Youth Apprenticeship student on the job

Why businesses should get involved

By hiring YA student businesses take a step toward growing their talent pipeline. Businesses will have the opportunity to hire students who may become part of their future workforce. 

The Youth Apprenticeship (YA) program operates with the support of the local business community. By participating in the program businesses get access to a skilled workforce that is eager and ready to learn. 


Contact Emily Bangen at ebangen@greatergbc.org.