State adds 14 new pathways to apprenticeship offerings for young people

MADISON — The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) and Governor Tony Evers’ office announced this week that high school juniors and seniors in the state will now have 14 new career paths for the youth learning.

“We need to make sure our children have learning opportunities and different pathways to get the jobs and skills training they need to join our state’s workforce,” Evers said in a press release. . “These latest learning pathways for young people will help strengthen connections between employers, educators, students and communities, provide new opportunities for our young people to build their future and foster our own local talent in essential industries that support local economies across our state.”

Working with school consortia, employers, the Wisconsin Technical College System and other partners, DWD has modernized the framework for a total of 75 Youth Apprenticeship (YA) programs to help industries such as such as construction, health sciences, marketing, science and engineering. , and transport find and develop local talent.

DWD’s YA Curriculum Modernization has worked closely with industry leaders over the past three years to review and update the YA education framework to ensure students continue to learn the skills that employers look for in workers.

Career paths in which local employers can provide learning opportunities for students now include:

  • Agriculture, food and natural resources; new paths: arborist and dairy farmer
  • architecture and building; new streams: gas distribution technician, heavy equipment operator/operations engineer and utility electrical technician
  • Arts, Audiovisual Technology and Communications; new path: Technician in media broadcasting
  • Health Sciences; new paths: phlebotomist and resident assistant
  • Computer science; new course: Broadband computer technician
  • Manufacturing; new path: Electromechanics/Mechatronics.
  • Transport, Distribution and Logistics; new streams: Airport Operations and Management, Fundamentals of Aircraft Maintenance, Aircraft Airframe and Powertrain Technician and Aircraft Avionics Technician

Learning opportunities for young people in the Racine region

In the Racine area, Youth Apprenticeship (YA) is a program facilitated by the Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce (RAMAC) in conjunction with the Racine Unified School District.

Racine YA students are concurrently enrolled in academic courses to meet high school graduation requirements, as well as an education course related to youth learning, and are also employed by an employer participant under the supervision of a qualified mentor. For more information, contact YA Coordinator Jeff Bergman by email: [email protected], or visit the RAMAC website, Youth Apprenticeship Program page.

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