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Apprenticeship Navigators In The State Of Wisconsin ‘Help Connect’ People ‘To Jobs’

Published Wednesday, May 12, 2021
by Stephanie Hoff/
Apprenticeship Navigators In The State Of Wisconsin ‘Help Connect’ People ‘To Jobs’

(MADISON, WISCONSIN) - The State of Wisconsin’s Department of Workforce Development (DWD) has created five new positions called Apprenticeship Navigators to help Wisconsinites find open opportunities. 

Apprenticeship is a training model that combines on-the-job learning with job-related classroom instruction.  Apprentices are employed and earn wages from their first day on the job.  Upon completion of their programs, Apprentices earn an average of $80,000, according to the DWD.

Apprenticeship opportunities are available in the traditional construction, manufacturing, utility and service sectors, as well as emerging areas like health care, information technology, finance, transportation, biotech and agriculture.

The typical Construction Apprenticeship takes up to six years and graduates develop skills for a life-long, family-sustaining career that cannot be outsourced

DWD is using dollars from a 2019 U.S. Department of Labor grant to create the positions.

It took a little more than a year to create and fill all five positions, with the last two Navigators coming on board just a few weeks ago. 

Dawn Pratt, a Navigator for southeast Wisconsin called a Registered Apprenticeship the “best kept secret to employment.”

“Registered Apprenticeship is an additional post-secondary opportunity that can provide a family-sustaining income,” she said. “This opportunity especially applies to our younger generation that do not want to be burdened with student debt.”

The team will personally guide those interested in getting into a program through the Wisconsin Apprenticeship System and serve as Mentors, providing details of each Apprenticeship Program and guiding mentees to an Apprenticeship that fits their interests.

Navigators will also assist organizations with the application process to build a Certified Pre-Apprenticeship Program, which will largely focus on under-represented populations who’ve had historically low Apprenticeship participation numbers, such as women, People of Color, Veterans, disabled people, and people who are incarcerated or formerly incarcerated.

Four out of the five Navigators will work with the general public, while the fifth Navigator will be dedicated to working with inmates within the Department of Corrections, connecting incarcerated men and women to certified Pre-Apprenticeship opportunities prior to their release. 

People interested in apprenticeship can now contact their area Wisconsin Apprenticeship Navigator: 

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