How does Apprenticeship work?

Apprenticeship is post-secondary education like a college or university.  But there's a big difference.  Apprentices learn only a portion of their skills in a traditional classroom.  They receive most of their training on-the-job, while working for an employer who pays a good wage. The employment is the primary requirement for an apprenticeship - a job must exist in order for the apprentice to be trained.  The classroom instruction is usually provided through the Wisconsin Technical College system.

There are many benefits to an apprenticeship, such as:

  • A paycheck that increase over time as you learn the skills of a new career
  • Practical on-the-job training in a wide selection of programs, such as health care, construction, technology, manufacturing and service careers 
  • Hands-on-training with the possibility of earning college credit, or even an associate degree, often paid for by your employer
  • A successful long-term career with competitive wages, with little to no educational debt after the apprenticeship is completed along with a nationally recognized completion certification

How to become an Apprentice

Application procedures vary widely depending on the occupation and geographical location you're selected. Generally, there are 5 steps to successfully securing an apprenticeship.

  1. Get prepared
  2. Graduate High School
  3. Find a trade that suits you
  4. Know the entrance process
  5. Start your career

For more information on how to pursue an apprenticeship visit Department of Workforce Development or ask to speak with our Career Services Specialist to learn more. 

Additional Resources: 

Apprenticeship Standards Bureau Contacts 

Apprenticeship Featured Sponsors

Resources for Current Apprentices