What is Apprenticeship?
Registered apprenticeship has been a proven pathway to great jobs in Wisconsin since 1911. It combines on-the-job training with classroom instruction to provide the skills and knowledge you need to make a great living. With an apprenticeship, you start with a job and build a career.
Apprenticeship is a unique, post-secondary education and training program where you work full time for a company that trains you in the full scope of your trade. In addition, you attend classes (typically at a technical college) to learn the theory and practical knowledge to support your on-the- job training. The best part is you get paid both on the job and to attend classes, and your pay increases as you learn more skills.
At the end of your apprenticeship (which takes about 3-5 years depending on the trade), graduates do not have to look for a job, because they have already been working for a company that has invested in them since day one. Apprentice graduates are just at the beginning of their rewarding career where many will eventually be future job site leaders and company owners.
Apprenticeships are overseen by the State of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) who create the apprenticeship contract that prescribes the well-rounded training required in apprenticeship. When you are done, DWD issues a certificate of completion that is nationally recognized.