DWD Celebrates Another Record-Breaking Year in Youth Apprenticeships

28 Apr 2023


The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) today announced record participation in its Youth Apprenticeship (YA) programs, with 8,357 high-school juniors and seniors pursuing paid, on-the-job training in fields, including manufacturing, health, science, agriculture and more. This record number represents 30% more youth apprentices than the 2021-2022 school year.

"With record low unemployment at 2.5% and a record number of jobs, Wisconsin employers are seeking new ways to connect with high-skill employees," said DWD Secretary-designee Amy Pechacek. "Youth Apprenticeship is one way for employers to find talent, and the program's record numbers show that it's a connector for employers and job seekers alike. Youth apprentices truly are the next generation of our workforce, Wisconsin's future nurses, construction workers, marketers, manufacturers, technology innovators, and more."

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