DWD Announces Youth Apprenticeship Offerings, 14 New Occupational Pathways for Students

Yesterday, Governor Tony Evers announced that Wisconsin high school juniors and seniors heading back to school this fall will have 14 new occupational pathways that local employers can support, thanks to ongoing modernization efforts by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD).

Working in collaboration with school consortiums, employers, the Wisconsin Technical College System, and other partners, DWD has modernized the framework for a total of 75 Youth Apprenticeship (YA) program pathways to help industries like construction, health sciences, marketing, science and engineering, and transportation find and develop home-grown talent.

DWD’s YA Program Modernization Initiative resulted in 14 new occupational pathways in which local employers can offer apprenticeship opportunities to students. These include:

  • Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources, new pathways: Arborist and Dairy Grazier.
  • Architecture and Construction, new pathways: Gas Distribution Technician, Heavy Equipment Operator/Operating Engineer, and Utilities Electrical Technician.
  • Arts, Audio Visual Technology and Communications, new pathway: Media Broadcast Technician.
  • Health Science, new pathways: Phlebotomist and Resident Aide.
  • Information Technology, new pathway: IT Broadband Technician.
  • Manufacturing, new pathway: Electro-mechanical/Mechatronics.
  • Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics, new pathways: Airport Operations and Management, Aviation Maintenance Fundamentals, Aviation Airframe and Powerplant Technician, Aviation Avionics Technician.

The YA program is coordinated and provided around the state by consortia that often consist of school districts, technical colleges, and chambers of commerce. Of the 421 public school districts, 321 districts, or 76.2 percent, had students enrolled in YA for the 2021-2022 school year.

Employers interested in becoming a youth apprenticeship sponsor can find more information here.