An apprenticeship is a program that combines classroom instruction with on-the-job training under the close supervision of a skilled and experienced journeyworker in a craft, trade, or profession.
Wisconsin's voluntary apprenticeship program is governed by the state Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards, part of the Department of Workforce Development. Local and state joint apprenticeship committees composed of employer and employee representatives and located in cities, regions, or trade areas, may be approved by the Department of Workforce Development to establish standards for apprenticeship agreements.
An employer may establish an apprenticeship program in any trade, craft, or business. Generally, an apprenticeable occupation involves manual, mechanical, or technical skills that are customarily learned through on-the-job training and related instruction. The employer must sign an agreement with an apprentice that meets certain specific requirements and file a copy of the agreement with the Department of Workforce Development. The Department may terminate the apprenticeship if it finds the agreement does not comply with established standards or if one of the parties has breached the agreement (WI Gen. Stat. Sec. 106.001 et seq.).