Apprenticeship Awareness Toolkit


What is Apprenticeship?
Apprenticeship is a structured system of training designed to prepare individuals for skilled occupations. It combines on-the-job learning under the supervision of experienced journey workers with related classroom instruction. It is sponsored by employers, employer associations, or labor/management groups that can hire and train in a working situation.

The employment opportunity is the most basic requirement for an apprenticeship. Without a job there is no "on-the-job" learning, and such training represents about 90% of the program. Apprentices who successfully complete the prescribed number of training hours in an apprenticeship program become certified skilled workers.

Youth Apprenticeship
Youth Apprenticeship is not the same as apprenticeship.  Wisconsin's Youth Apprenticeship program is a part of a statewide School-to-Work initiative. It is designed for high school students who want hands on learning in an occupational area at a worksite along with classroom instruction.  For more information about youth apprenticeship, please visit

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.

Who can be an apprentice?
Apprenticeships are open to anyone 18 years of age or older.  Aside from that, age doesn't matter, though many young people start their training directly after high school. 


How do You become an apprentice?
Application procedures vary widely depending on the occupation and geographical location.  Generally, there are 5 steps to successfully securing an apprenticeship. To find out more about how you can become and apprentice, Download this apprenticeship information in a handy pdf booklet format.



Additional Apprenticeship Resources:

College Vs. Apprenticeship Flyer

Apprenticeship Videos

NCCER Build Your Future videos – Follow the link to a collection of Build Your Future Build America videos related to apprenticeships in Career and Technical Education. Also check out their main page highlighting construction careers here .

Wisconsin Apprenticeship Homepage – The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development apprenticeship website is the location for everything about Wisconsin’s apprenticeship program.

Apprenticeship in Wisconsin –  This publication is often referred to as the “Blue Book.”  It is a great resource and has an apprenticeship overview, types of apprenticeships, what is apprenticeship training, wages, and much more.  A printable version can be found here:, but you may also request the actual published version as well.

How to Become an Apprentice – “Earn While you Learn” is the motto for becoming an apprentice.  This document provides and explanation about the structure of an apprenticeship program and how to become and apprentice.  For additional information, also visit the following webpage

Apprenticeship Salary Chart  This document explains potential earnings for an apprentice and also compares a person in an apprenticeship program versus someone on a four-year university career pathway.

Educator How to Sheet – Suggestion guide for promoting Apprenticeships.

Apprenticeship Promotional Flyers:

What is Apprenticeship Flyer
Parent Flyer 
Educator Flyer
Apprenticeship and Technical Colleges Flyer
Student Flyer - Dictionary of Occupational Titles and other occupational information.

Technical College Apprenticeship Liaisons – This is a list for all 16 Technical College apprenticeship liaisons.  They are a great resource for specific apprenticeship information in your region and potentially guest speak for your classes. 

Sample Apprenticeship Pathway Program of Study

Construction Industry Careers - Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC) downloadable booklet about construction apprenticeship programs.