Groups celebrate National Apprenticeship Week

JANESVILLE, Wis. — Groups across south-central Wisconsin are celebrating National Apprenticeship Week.

In Rock County, the Southwest Wisconsin Workforce Development Board and Blackhawk Technical College teamed up to host an event aimed at teaching business members and educators how to build a workforce pipeline through youth and registered apprenticeship programs.

“Youth apprenticeship is a paid apprenticeship. It gets young men — juniors and seniors — into our local employers to complete 420 hours of on-the-job training, and they’re also required to complete… instruction related to that apprenticeship,” said Rhonda Suda, the board’s CEO.

More than 100 people took part in that event.

In Madison, WRTP | BIG STEP of South Central Wisconsin and the Building Trades Council of South Central Wisconsin hosted a career day on the city’s east side Tuesday morning to spread awareness about the availability of apprenticeships.

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During the event, Gov. Tony Evers touted the state’s high rate of apprenticeship participation, which he said last month reached its highest point in two decades.

“Apprenticeships provide a great opportunity for people to earn while they learn, well-paid on-the-job training so you can start getting into the workforce to start growing your future right here in the great state of Wisconsin,” he said.