Youth Apprenticeship Timeline

    Student Planning August to December - Students meet with their guidance counselor to develop or review their four-year plan and make adjustments to include related courses required for the Youth Apprenticeship program area of choice.  Students are encouraged to meet with a Youth Apprenticeship coordinator and/or CTE instructor(s) and also attend parent/student information meetings regarding Youth Apprenticeship. 

    Student Invitations – During the fall semester, invitations are sent to all sophomore students and their parents regarding applying for a Youth Apprenticeship.

    Youth Apprenticeship "Information Night" – Students and parents learn about the process of applying for a Youth Apprenticeship and subsequent steps for potential placement and completion of the Youth Apprenticeship.  Students have an opportunity to meet employers and learn about their company and its expectations. 

    Information Night: Monday December 2nd, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
    Washington High School Port Washington PAC, 427 W Jackson St. Port Washington, WI

    YA Application Submission - Youth Apprenticeship applications are due to high school Youth Apprenticeship Coordinators in March of each year. Use the online application or make sure to write legibly so your application is readable.  First impressions count.  Your YA application is your first impression for many employers.  Use proper punctuation and grammar.  When explaining your long-term goals, to the best of your ability be specific and complete a complete application includes:

    • Sections 1, 2 & 3 of the OYA application (including ALL required signatures and dates).
      CNA candidates must complete Section 4 as well)
    • Three recommendations from teachers, counselors or past employers
    • Your school transcript
    • Your school attendance record
    • Your class schedule for the next school year

    OYA applications can be found at        : https://www.pwssd.k12.wi.us/Page/62

    Applications due: Monday March 2nd 2020 OYA coordinator at your high school

    Ozaukee Youth Apprentice High School Coordinators:

    Cedarburg HS - Calie Neureuther, Asst. Principal                                        Grafton HS - Greg Johnson, Guidance Counselor

    Homestead HS - Matt Wolf, Academic & Career Planning Coord.            Ozaukee HS - John Odenwald, Business Ed. Dept. Chair

    Port Washington HS - Dan Solórzano, Asst. Principal                                 Random Lake HS - Michael Trimberger, District Admin.

    Cedar Grove – Belgium HS - Josh Ketterhagen - Principal

    Employers request student applications from the YA Consortium – Applications are sent to employers upon request and they inform the OYA Consortium Coordinators of their student choice(s) to interview as well as the dates and times of the interviews.  Students are encouraged to inform OYA of interviews they have schedule with employers as well.

    Youth Apprenticeship Employer Introduction and Interview Training –Students receive training in resume preparation, interviewing skills, etiquette, and appropriate dress. Q&A with YA employers.

    Interview Training Night: March 17th 2020 5:30PM to 7:00PM
    Washington High School Port Washington High School Library 427 W Jackson St. Port Washington, WI

    Youth Apprentice Placement
     – The Youth Apprenticeship Consortium Coordinators will assist in facilitating interviews for students with employers in their chosen program area(s).  Students are encouraged to research and contact employers on their own to obtain interviews as well.  If a student is already working at an employer that could offer a Youth Apprenticeship they should let OYA know so the employer can be contacted about participation in the YA program.

    Employment Interviews – Students will meet and interview with an employer(s) and discuss work opportunities and expectations.  Employers will choose an apprentice(s) based on their need and students’ interview performance.

    Letter of Intent to Hire Once employers have made their choices regarding students they wish to hire they will extend an offer to those students by sending the student an “Intent to Hire” letter or email.  A copy of the letter/email should also be sent to the OYA office as well.

    Note – Students are not a Youth Apprentice until they are hired by an employer

    Employment offer/YA meeting - Employers contact the Youth Apprenticeship Consortium and inform them which students will be offered Youth Apprenticeships.  A Youth Apprenticeship meeting is scheduled with the employer, employer mentors, parents and the YA Consortium Coordinator.  Informational folders are provided to the student and employer containing all the required documents to establish and complete the apprenticeship.  The student’s work and school schedule is discussed, planned and finalized.  An Educational Training Agreement (ETA) is signed by the employer, student, YA Consortium coordinator, parents and school representative, then the apprenticeship would begin. 

    Quarterly Reviews – On a quarterly basis the employer mentor and the youth apprentice will meet to review the student’s past performance and the skills acquired to date.  A quarterly review will be completed, shared with the student and signed by both the employer mentor and the student.  Together they will both update the student’s Skill Standards Checklist (SSC) as well.  Signed copies of the quarterly reviews and the updated Skill Standards Checklists are then sent to the YA Consortium Coordinator for the student’s YA file.  

    Scholarships - All Youth Apprentices have the opportunity to apply for Ozaukee Youth Apprenticeship scholarships in their senior year of high school.  These scholarships, when available, can be applied by the student toward their post-secondary education.  Interested students should contact the Youth Apprenticeship Consortium Coordinator after scholarship availability is announced.

    Completion of the Youth Apprenticeship – In order to be recognized for their Youth Apprenticeship, students must complete the following and turn into the OYA office to receive their Certificate of Occupational Proficiency from the Department of Workforce Development:

    • Accrue the required work hours (minimum 450 hours** for a one-year YA; minimum 900** hours
      for a two-year YA)
    • Receive quarterly evaluations (at least three for a one-year YA and six for a two-year YA)
    • Complete related coursework* (two semesters for a one-year YA; 4 semesters for a two-year YA)
    • Receive a competed Skills Standards Checklist (SSC) from their mentor
    • Receive a completed Post Completion Survey from their mentor
    • Graduate from high school***

    All senior YA students are invited to participate in the end-of-year completion/recognition event for Youth Apprentices.  Students are encouraged to obtain a letter of recommendation from their employer if leaving their position after graduation. 

    * See the OYA Coordinators to learn the related course that apply at your school toward you chosen YA Program Area. 
       Related course must be taken in in those years a student is in a Youth Apprenticeship.

    ** Recognizing time considerations due to school, sports and extracurricular activities, students have until August 31st of
        the last year of their apprenticeship to accrue the required work hours. 

    ***Note - All Youth Apprentices must remain on-track for graduation
    to complete their Apprenticeship