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About Youth Apprenticeship

Program Framework
​Key elements of the youth apprenticeship program are:

  • Industry-developed skill standards
  • Exposure to multiple aspects of the industry
  • Skilled mentors assigned to train the students
  • Paid on-the-job work experience
  • Related classroom instruction concurrent with work-based learning
  • Curriculum guidelines for all programs
  • Performance evaluation of demonstrated competencies
  • State-issued skill certificate


More Information on Becoming a Youth Apprentice

How to Become a Youth Apprentice

How do I become a youth apprentice?

1. Get Prepared & apply
Get started by talking to your school counselor, Youth Apprenticeship Local Coordinator or Regional Coordinator about how to apply and obtain career materials (plans of study) from your coordinators.

2. Interview with employers and companies in chosen industries
If accepted, you are eligible to interview at a company in the industry where you're looking to gain experience.

3. Participate in all employer orientations, onboardings, and safety trainings
After a successful interview, you will participate in an onsite orientation where, among many other things, you will get to meet your new mentor.

4. Participate in regular progress reviews
Complete your industry specific YA requirements as you work and study during your apprenticeship.

5. Complete industry specific classroom and worksite YA requirements.
Once all your requirements are fulfilled, you will receive your Certificate of Occupational Proficiency (YA certificate) from the Department of Workforce Development!

Occupational Pathways


Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources


Architecture & Construction


Arts, A/V Technology and Communications




Health Science


Hospitality, Lodging & Tourism


Information Technology






Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)


Transportation, Distribution & Logistics (TDL)

Interest Form

If you are interested in becoming a Youth Apprentice, please fill out the following form:

If you have any questions regarding the YA process, becoming a YA, etc. contact your YA coordinator:

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