Youth Apprenticeship (YA) is a highly successful talent acquisition strategy in which employers hire high school juniors or seniors for a one or two-year apprenticeship. During the apprenticeship, the student continues toward high school graduation and takes courses related to the profession as a way of enhancing what is being learned on the job.
Learn more about the youth apprenticeship program, how to become a youth apprentice, and the requirements to be a youth apprentice.
Learn more about the benefits of being a youth apprentice employer, responsibilities, and the requirements to be a youth apprentice employer.
Careers have been organized into 11 clusters based on common knowledge and similar skill requirements. Within each cluster there are pathways that break those careers down further into smaller groups.
Choosing a career path can feel like a daunting process at times and that is why it is important to consider what career clusters could be a good fit and explore on a broader scale first, sort of like testing the water before getting in.
Career clusters are a framework that allows us to examine areas of interest without having to choose a specific career right away. Youth Apprenticeship offers several career programs to pursue. The options may vary depending on the offerings for your local area.
Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources
Architecture & Construction
Arts, A/V Technology and Communications
Hospitality, Lodging & Tourism
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)
Transportation, Distribution & Logistics (TDL)
- Doug Devine, firstname.lastname@example.org North High School (Youth Apprenticeship Coordinator)
- Kelly Hebert, email@example.com Memorial High School (Youth Apprenticeship Coordinator)
- Heidi Neumannkneeland, firstname.lastname@example.org (Academic Services Coordinator)
- John Goodman, email@example.com Fall Creek Schools (Youth Apprenticeship Coordinator)
- Kelly Ostrander, firstname.lastname@example.org Altoona Schools (Youth Apprenticeship Coordinator)