What Is the Youth Apprenticeship (YA) Program?
The Youth Apprenticeship (YA) Program is a rigorous one? or two-year elective statewide program that combines academic and technical instruction with mentored, paid, on-the-job learning that makes a real-world connection for students. Youth Apprentices work a minimum of 450 hours at their YA worksite each year of their program and take related high school or college classes to enhance their worksite experiences.
The Department of Workforce Development awards a Certificate of Occupational Proficiency to students who successfully complete the requirements of the Youth Apprenticeship program. The certificate shows that the student has mastered a comprehensive series of skills related to a specific career pathway, which employers in that pathway have deemed critical to entry-level skilled employment.
Who is eligible for YA?
Juniors and seniors from high schools in the North Central Career and Technical Education Consortium are eligible to particpate.
How do students apply for YA?
Midway through your sophomore or junior year, contact the YA Coordinator at your school and submit an application.
How do employers hire a YA?
Contact the YA Coordinator at the high school in your community or Lynn Verage, CESA 9 Youth Apprenticeship Coordinator.
View the Youth Apprenticeship brochure & programs available
North Central Career and Technical Education Schools Offering Youth Apprenticeship Programs