You Must:

  • Be a high school junior or senior.

  • Be on track towards fulfilling the graduation requirements.

  • Maintain good grades in all classes (YA and High School) C or better in Tech College coursework.

  • Have a good attendance record at school and work.

  • Have a driver’s license/transportation.

  • Be able to cover personal costs such as text books (if you plan to keep them), uniforms, or tools.

  • Have clear and timely communication if you’re in extracurricular activities and sports.

  • Have been accepted by a participating employer following an interview (This step occurs after you’ve applied for the program).



As a youth apprentice, you will be away from your high school for a substantial part of your Junior and/or Senior years preparing for your future career. Every effort will be made to allow you to participate in extra curricular activities. However, this program does not employ a traditional schedule. Applicants need to be comfortable making these changes. This is a nontraditional educational experience. Parental support is very important. The experience requires personal transportation. A strong commitment should be shared by you and your parents.

  • Develop strong academic and technical skills

  • Learn to handle responsibility, develop good work habits, learn problem solving, time management and team work required of skilled adults

  • See first-hand connection between education and real-life work skills

  • Earn wages during the program

  • Master the required program competencies and receive a state-issued certificate of occupational proficiency

  • Gain advanced standing or receive transcripted credit at a technical college

Student Benefits & Requirements

You Can:

  • Improve the skill level of potential workers while only having to pay the apprentice at least minimum wage.

  • Reduce employee turnover and retraining costs by hiring youth apprentice graduates (Over 85% of the youth apprenticeship graduates are employed after leaving high school – many continue to work for their original employers while attending college.)

  • Increase career options for young people within your community.

  • Improve competitive positioning in the world marketplace by developing a high skilled and educated workforce.

Employers play an active role in developing the skills of their future workforce by hiring Youth Apprentices and training them to industry skill standards.


Students who graduate from the Youth Apprenticeship program are more likely to come back to their “hometown” to look for employment after graduating from college versus moving away to find employment, which creates a strong workforce within our communities.


Becoming involved with your community by investing in our youth – our future -is priceless.


  • A one or two-school-year commitment, requiring 450(one-year) or 900(two-year) hours of paid employment at minimum wage or higher. This equates to approximately 10-12 hours per week, and students are released from school approximately 3 hours per day to be at the work site. They can work from 7:00 – 10:00 a.m., 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. (these times are approximate and flexible), after school and/or on weekends.

  • Two (one-year) or four (two-year) semesters of related coursework (paid for by the Youth Apprenticeship program).

  • The employer agrees to provide specified learning opportunities (called competencies) according to the state-drafted agreement. These competencies are listed in the contract that would be signed by the employer, student, parents, and school district representative.

  • Quarterly grading evaluations. This is where the employer/mentor grades the student on their overall work ethic. o The purpose of the quarterly evaluations is to make sure the students are progressing sufficiently and that the competencies are being met.

Employer Benefits & Requirements

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