- learn best by hands-on education?
- enjoy active/physical work?
- want to earn money while you learn?
If you answered yes to the above questions, you may want to explore apprenticeship opportunities.
What are apprenticeships?
Apprenticeships are a combination of structured, paid on-the-job training (90%) and classroom instruction (10%). Apprenticeships can be sponsored by employers, employer associations or labor/management groups.
What types of apprenticeships are available?
- Industrial (manufacturing)
How do I get started?
First, it may be helpful to consider these Questions to Ask Before Taking an Apprenticeship.doc Questions to Ask Before Taking an Apprenticeship.doc. Most trades require that candidates have a high school diploma or the equivalent. In addition, many of the trades require specific high school courses such as Algebra and Geometry. The process for applying for an apprenticeship is similar to applying for a job. The first step is applying to the program. You may also be asked to do an aptitude test and/or an interview. Depending on the trade, applications may be submitted to the local Joint Apprenticeship Committee for that trade, an employer association or an individual association.
http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/apprenticeship/ - State of Wisconsin – Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards
http://matcmadison.edu/apprenticeships/ - Madison College Apprenticeship Information
http://www.btrades.com - Information on construction apprenticeships
http://tdmaw.org – Tool, Die and Machining Association of Wisconsin