What is an Apprenticeship?

“Earn while you learn” while completing a combination of classroom and on-the-job training. Classroom instruction for a specific occupation is usually taught at an area technical college while on-the-job training occurs at an employer location. The term of training varies from 2-5 years depending upon which program is completed.


Visit Wisconsin Apprenticeship to learn more about Wisconsin apprenticeship programs. 

Steps to becoming an Apprentice:

First, explore the field you want to learn and work in.

There are 2 Sectors for Apprenticeships:

Construction Sector- Joint Apprenticeship Committee (JAC)

DWD website on JAC's

All Other Sectors- Sole Sponsor

DWD website on Sole Sponsors

Second, find an employer that will sponsor an Apprentice. The employer will then work with you, the Department of Workforce Development (DWD), and the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards (BAS). 

Or, contact the Joint Apprenticeship Committee (JAC) of interest. Complete any required testing and submit transcripts and/or other needed documents. This can lead to placement with an employer sponsor.

Wisconsin Technical College Apprenticeship Information:

Mid-State Technical College

Northcentral Technical College

Nicolet Technical College 

If you have any questions on apprenticeships, reach a local Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards (BAS) Representative at 715-261-8754 for further information.

Address: Wood County Human Services - River Block

111 W. Jackson St., 2nd Floor, Wisconsin Rapids WI 54495  

Phone: +1 (715) 421-8608 8


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