Be a Part of the Youth Apprenticeship Movement
South Dakota's high school students have the unique opportunity to do just this by participating in a Youth Apprenticeship program. The program combines high school curriculum and career and technology training with critical on-the-job training performed at a local business. Students can pull in a paycheck through part-time work while earning a national credential in one of many high-demand occupations. South Dakota's business and industry need highly-skilled workers. Registered Apprenticeship works to build a solid workforce pipeline for the future.
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Combining a relevant education with critical on-the-job experience provides the makings for a successful career. In fact, apprenticeships are the pinnacle of work-based learning opportunities. That’s the formula that drives South Dakota's Youth Apprenticeship program. It truly gives South Dakota’s youth an opportunity to earn while they learn. This forward-focused program works to ensure a well-educated, well-trained workforce for South Dakota’s continued competitiveness in attracting and retaining business and industry.
- Create crucial recruitment pipelines
- Decrease costly turnover
- Influence, mold and shape potential future employees
High school apprentices can:
- Bring in a paycheck while they learn
- Enhance their employability by obtaining critical sought-after work skills
- Strengthen their academic skills and in turn their academic success.
- High school completion is a requirement of the program
- Could earn post-secondary credits to get a jumpstart on furthering education
- Apprenticeships are a great way for students to get on-the-job training as they put their classroom knowledge and skills to work for a business. Some apprenticeships even offer college credit or the opportunity to earn nationally recognized certification.
- Apprenticeships can help improve student engagement. Students must finish high school before they can finish their apprenticeship, so there is an added incentive for kids to stay in school.
- Apprenticeships may be reflected in a school district’s graduate follow-up report. All students in an apprenticeship program can be reported as employed.
- Students not only gain employable skills in an apprenticeship, they can also earn a decent wage to help pay for books, college tuition and clothing, or to start a savings account.
- School districts/career centers/post-secondary institutions can own these programs as intermediaries and do not have to be associated with a union to operate.