Youth Apprenticeship, or YA, is a rigorous one- or two-year elective program for juniors and seniors, that combines academic and technical classroom instruction with mentored, on-the-job training to provide students with industry-established occupational and employability skills. Post-secondary and business partnerships are essential for a successful youth apprenticeship program. 

Currently, YA programs are offered in the following areas (click on an individual area to find additional information):

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Madison students get hands-on experience working on city vehicles - March 5, 2018

 Checklist to Completing Youth Apprenticeship

STEP 1: Student Application

Students can apply online here to become a youth apprentice anytime during their sophomore year through the end of the 1st semester of their senior year. Interested students can also contact their School-Based Experiential Learning Liaison for more information.

STEP 2: Intake Interview

Once the student completes their application, they will need to meet with the school's Experiential Learning Liaison for an in-person interview.

STEP 3: Get Ready

Student will work with the school liaison to prepare a resume, submit a parent/guardian certification, and review or enroll in related coursework. Students will then work toward gaining employment within their chosen YA career cluster.

STEP 4: Employed

Once a student is employed, they will need to:

  • Schedule an ETA meeting within 30 days of employment
  • Meet with their school-based experiential learning liaison to join the YA google classroom
  • Work with the liaison to schedule quarterly in-person performance evaluations

STEP 5: YA Program Completion

  • Student will complete all required google classroom check-ins, time tracking, in-person meetings and final reflection
  • Student will complete a total of 450 hours per year
  • Submit a final industry checklist and post survey


 Resources for Students

Youth Apprenticeship Student Handbook

General Complaint Form

Resume and Interview Preparation
Resume Template (Google Doc)

School-based Experiential Learning Liaisons
The School-based Experiential Learning Liaison is an on-site contact for students to support increased student achievement and Youth Apprenticeship Program success.

East High School - Amy Isensee
La Follette High School - Anna D'Amelio
James Madison Memorial High School - Sigrun Paust
West High School - Sarah Quinn
Capital High - Joel Jarosky
Shabazz - Sarah Drake

Resources for Employers

Resources for Educators