Earn While You Learn
Apprentices are paid a progressive scale throughout their apprenticeship both on the job and while attending class. The State of Wisconsin sets the wages based on a survey of those already skilled in the trade. Many employers pay above the state-mandated minimum based on the student’s apprentice’s performance, safety, and quality. ABC of Wisconsin encourages employers to pay based on the apprentice’s merit on the job.
Though tuition is the responsibility of the apprentice, the wages earned by attending Paid Related Instruction typically covers the cost of the class. In addition, some employers and apprentices have agreements for tuition reimbursement.
Upon completion of the requirements, the apprentice will graduate from the apprenticeship program and receive a certificate of completion from the State of Wisconsin and, if their trade is licensed, receive their journey level license. Unlike those completing a traditional college path, completed apprentices already have careers with employers they have worked with for a number of years and do not need to look for a job.