Apprenticeship

Go above and beyond classroom instruction with real-world training from Western’s Apprenticeship Program. Under the supervision of a qualified tradesperson, you'll get paid experience in your trade while taking courses that count toward an associate's degree. With a degree in hand and on-the-job experience under your belt, you'll have the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in your career. 

Find out more about Wisconsin’s apprenticeships on the Department of Workforce Development’s website.

Program Details

Pay

As an apprentice, you are paid on a progressive wage scale beginning from 40 percent to 65 percent of the journeyman's rate, depending on the specific trade.

Program Length

Most apprenticeship training programs will last three to six years.

Governing Bodies

The apprenticeship program is a state-registered, formal training program governed by the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards (BAS) in cooperation with the local Joint Apprenticeship Committee (JAC). The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Apprenticeship is governed by the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards (BAS) and The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC).

How to get an Apprenticeship

For the most part, getting into an apprenticeship training program means first finding a job. Talk to employers whose businesses involve your chosen trade, and find out if the employer trains apprentices.

Those interested in the construction trades should apply to the local Joint Apprenticeship Committee (JAC), a volunteer committee in the construction industry that shares information about the specific trade.

For apprenticeship in manufacturing and service industries, contact the employer directly to find out their procedure for choosing apprenticeship candidates.

Even if you have not found an employer, you can still proceed with the application process by meeting the minimum qualifications. Once you have met all minimum qualifications, which can vary by profession, you will be placed on Western’s qualified applicant list. The list is available to employers interested in sponsoring (hiring) an apprentice. 

Authorization for Payment

The Authorization for Payment form is for employers who will be paying for their apprentice’s tuition, books, supplies, etc. This form needs to be filled out and returned to Western every term that your apprentices are attending classes.

View the Authorization for Payment form

Contact us

For assistance or more information on apprenticeships