MADISON — Several ABC of Wisconsin members testified before the Assembly Committee on Workforce Development Wednesday. There are several bills before the committee, including expanding funding for youth apprenticeship curricula and grants to high schools for youth apprenticeship completion.

Wisconsin’s Youth Apprenticeship program is designed for high school students who want hands on learning in an occupational area at a worksite. Similar to adult apprenticeship, it is a one- or two-year elective program that combines academic and technical instruction with mentored on-the-job learning.

“The war for talent is real,” Nicole Frank, Dave Jones, Inc., Madison, told the committee.