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Earn While You Learn
Apprenticeship is not just a job – it’s a career opportunity.  Apprenticeship combines supervised, structured on-the-job training with paid related classroom instruction. Apprenticeships are sponsored by employers, employer associations of labor/management groups (Joint Apprenticeship Committees) that have the ability to hire and train in a working environment.

An employment opportunity is the most basic requirement for any apprenticeship. Without a job, there is no “on-the-job training” and such training represents 90 percent of the program. Related instruction is another key part of each apprenticeship and is required by the State of Wisconsin apprenticeship law.  Apprentices are paid to attend related theoretical and technical classroom instruction provided by Gateway Technical College.

Wisconsin law also requires a written contract between the apprentice, the employer sponsor and the State of Wisconsin’s Department of Workforce Development, Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards (BAS). The contract specifies the length of training, an outline of the skills of the trade to be learned, the number of classroom hours required, and the wage schedule outlining the wages apprentices will receive.

Employer Benefits

When employers sponsor apprenticeship training, they make a long-term commitment to training and improving the companies' prospects for profitability and growth. Employers have found they gain from sponsoring apprenticeships in a variety of ways.

  • Apprenticeship training reduces turnover.
  • Apprenticeship training is long-term with measurable results.
  • Apprentices are usually highly productive workers.
  • Apprentices are among the most technologically up-to-date workers.
  • The program provides employers with a pool of highly skilled workers from which future managers may be selected.
  • Structured training fosters quality and teamwork.
  • Training gives production workers a path for upward mobility.
  • Apprenticeship programs serve as an effective recruitment method for graduates of the Wisconsin Technical College System.
  • An employer's costs in beginning an apprenticeship program are minimal.
  • Apprenticeship provides state and national recognition.

If you are an employer that would like to learn more about partnering with Gateway Technical College's Apprenticeship Program contact Nicci Pagan at or call 262-564-2954.