Wisconsin Operating Engineers and DWD Pilot Youth Apprenticeship in Fall 2020
A missing link to the Operating Engineers' workforce outreach has been a formal Youth Apprenticeship program. The Operating Engineers submitted a draft program to DWD for review that was immediatly accepting and set to pilot for Fall 2020.
What is Youth Apprenticeship?
Youth Apprenticeship is the connection between school and work-based learning. The requirement is 180 of technical related instruction and 450 hours of mentored on-the-job paid training. The pre-apprenticeship course work of Destinations Career Academy is an example of technical related instruction that the student completes through high school.
How can you assist?
Sponsor a student: We are seeking 6-10 employers willing to sponsor Youth Apprentices during the 2020-2021 school year. While not a requirement that the student be enrolled in the Destinations Career Academy pre-apprenticeship program, we would like to find matches for those students already engaged in our parthway. Students already registered for the Fall 2020 courses are from the following school districts:
Black River Falls
Serve as Subject Matter Expert for YA Construction review in January 2021:
DWD is in the process of reviewing the rigor and relevance of all youth apprenticeship programs. Construction pathway review will begin in January and we are seeking SME's to participate in this review.
To learn more about the Operating Engineers Youth Apprenticeship Pilot, please contact Laura Cataldo at 608-616-2835 or via email: