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About Apprenticeship in Wisconsin
What are some of the benefits of Apprenticeship?
The meaning of Apprenticeship
The meaning of Apprenticeship is not
Who is Eligible?
How do I prepare for Apprenticeship?
How long will it take to complete?
What are the costs?
Are there specific requirements?
What's the first step?
Whom should I contact for more information?

About Apprenticeship in Wisconsin

Wisconsinís Apprenticeship System began in 1911, the same year the current Wisconsin Technical College System was founded.

Today the apprenticeship process is a formal arrangement involving employers, unions, state government, technical colleges, and individuals who want to learn a skilled craft. Apprenticeship combines on-the-job training with classroom instruction. Many women and minorities have discovered the opportunity for good paying, non-traditional careers through apprenticeship.

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What is an Apprenticeable occupation?

Federal Regulations define an apprenticeable occupation as one that:

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What are some of the benefits of apprenticeship?

A well-planned, properly administered apprenticeship program will:

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The meaning of apprenticeship:

An Apprenticeship is training strategy that:

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The Meaning of apprenticeship is not:

Any educational training program that does not include the components listed above--particularly:

is not apprenticeship training.

Programs such as cooperative education, School-to-Work programs such as tech prep, youth apprenticeship, and two plus two (or three or four), or summer or part-time work are promoted as different ways to achieve an adequately prepared workforce--today's badly needed bottom line. While each of these programs can help achieve this bottom line, they should not be confused with apprenticeship, which prepares individuals to go to work fully trained with skills that enable them to perform effectively in the workplace.

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Who is eligible?

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How do I prepare for apprenticeship?

High school courses important for a successful apprenticeship include reading, writing, mathematics, and science. Shop courses can also be helpful. Work experience also helps show prospective employers the applicantís capabilities and interest in the apprenticeship.

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How long will it take to complete?

Apprenticeships can be as short as two years for some occupations. But in most apprentice occupations, both the classroom instruction and on-the-job training will be successfully completed in three to five years.

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What are the costs?

Successful employers realize that a sound apprenticeship program is not merely a cost but also an investment in the future of their industries.

Experience indicates that apprentices are motivated, learn their jobs faster, attain craftworker status sooner and are more likely to become supervisors than workers trained in other ways.

In Wisconsin the apprentice is paid a salary while learning. The employer may also pay all required schooling costs. The rate of pay during the apprenticeship averages 60 percent of the salary a skilled worker would earn in that occupation.

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Are there specific requirements?

In the service and manufacturing industries, the applicant must apply directly to an employer. Most employers require applicants to have a minimum of a high school equivalency and a general aptitude for the trade.

Construction apprenticeship is usually coordinated through an Area Apprenticeship Committee, which has the authority to select and place apprentice applicants. They recruit, screen, and refer qualified applicants to area employers. Some committees require qualifying tests; these tests vary a great deal in both scope and duration.

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What's the first step?

To become an apprentice in the state of Wisconsin, one must first be indentured by the State Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards. Becoming indentured requires that the applicant decide which apprenticeable trades are of interest and find out the qualifications of that area.

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Whom should I contact for more information?

Contact Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College at Rice Lake for information about the skilled occupations and industries in Northwest Wisconsin and advice about the requirements and application procedures. WITC works closely with regional apprenticeship offices (located in Chippewa Falls, Wausau, Milwaukee, Appleton and Madison), business and industry, and local labor union offices.

WITC Rice Lake
1900 College Drive
Rice Lake, WI 54868

Randy Deli
Dean, Instructional Operations
715.234.7082 or 800.243.9482
Extension 5113

Margie Ince
Apprenticeship Assistant
715.234.7082 or 800.243.9482
Extension 5289

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