Youth Apprenticeship Information Session Brings State Program to Local Unions, Contractors
By: Melanie Mager
Recognizing the growing need to find more way to reach out to middle and high school students who are interested in careers in the union construction industry, Building Advantage hosted an event for local union contractors and trades to learn more about the State of Wisconsin Youth Apprenticeship program.
The growing program is administered through the Department of Workforce Development Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards and is something that more schools in the Milwaukee area are inquiring about as an option for their students to gain work experience in the trades.
Representatives from the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards and the Office of Youth Apprenticeship, and the Labor Standards Bureau all presented the different facets of the program, its various regulations, and potential means of implementation to the audience. Attendees were also able to connect with the area Youth Apprenticeship Coordinators who operate out of Milwaukee County, Waukesha County, and Employ Milwaukee and work directly as liaisons between schools and employers to facilitate the program.
Additionally, the audience was able to hear about one contractor’s experience with the Youth Apprenticeship program firsthand. Tyler Peterson, a Fabrication Manager at Bassett Mechanical, spoke about how his company has been using the program for the last five years and has had great success in attracting and in most cases retaining their youth apprentices. High school students interviewed with Bassett, and then worked a semi-regular schedule after school hours and over the summer in their fabrication shop, while learning more about the industry and the company.