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MPS youth apprenticeships set students on career pathways

We Energies Field DayWhen a great job requires experience or training, what can a high school student do? In Milwaukee Public Schools, a youth apprenticeship may be the answer. MPS offers multiple youth apprenticeship and internship opportunities that can fast-track students to high-demand, high-skill industries and lead to lucrative long-term careers.

As part of National Apprenticeship Week, students from six MPS high schools are taking part in a celebration hosted at Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC). Students are learning the details of becoming an apprentice and have the chance to select two areas to tour, which include electrical, CNC machining, Swiss turning operation, machine tooling, and barbering/cosmetology.

Through the MPS Youth Apprentice Program, students spend part of their day in school and part of their day training and working for an employer. High school juniors and seniors are eligible. Juniors can maintain youth apprenticeships over the summer and continue in their senior year, potentially working 900 paid hours by the time they graduate. Some youth apprentices may be invited to continue as registered apprentices after high school.

MPS has partnerships across the city where students are training on the job as part of their school day. Career areas include:

  • Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources
  • Architecture & Construction
  • Arts, AV Technology and Communications
  • Engineering
  • Finance
  • Health Science
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Information Technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing
  • Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics

MPS is continually seeking more youth apprenticeship partners to accept students, begin their career training, and potentially offer registered apprenticeships after high school. Current partners consider youth and registered apprenticeships as a way to fill high-need jobs, and include Andrew Chevrolet, Andrew Toyota, Advocate Aurora, Brady Corp., Dental Associates, Educator's Credit Union, Harley-Davidson, Landmark Credit Union, Laureate Group, Lutheran Home, ManpowerGroup, Marcus Hotels, Maxim Healthcare Services, MMSD, MPS Duplicating Dept., MPS Facilities & Maintenance, MPS IT Warehouse, Quad/Graphics, San Camillo, St. Camillus, Teens Grow Greens, Visa Lighting, Walgreens, We Energies, and Wilson Commons.

Interested MPS high school students should contact the College and Career Center in their school or talk to their school counselor.

Local businesses interested in MPS youth apprenticeships should contact Terri Salzer at 414-475-8019 or MPS will host student candidate interviews on December 4, 2019, at ManpowerGroup. Contact us by November 19 to participate.

Students and families: Save the date for the next Youth Apprentice Information Night on February 12, 2020, in the MPS Central Services auditorium. Current high school sophomores and juniors and their parents are invited.

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