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Youth Apprenticeship

Youth apprenticeships are state-approved programs designed to provide the skills necessary for lifelong learning and career advancement.

Youth apprenticeships are intended for 11th and 12th grade students. They must:

  • Be paid.
  • Involve 800 to 2,000 hours of work-based learning.
  • Combine on-the-job learning with classroom instruction.
  • Include a written agreement between the school, employer, student, and parent.
  • Offer training specific to a particular career.
  • Help the student explore career roles.
  • In some instances, provide college credit.

The youth apprenticeship program is developed by a partnership of employers, labor, workers, K-12 and postsecondary educators, learners, parents, community organization representatives, and representatives from related government agencies. They are approved by the Adult and Career Education Division of the Minnesota Department of Education.

How Can I Get a Youth Apprenticeship?

Talk with a teacher or administrator at your high school. The program is specifically designed for students to work with their teachers to find career experience opportunities.

Find more information about youth apprenticeship at Career and Technical Education, Minnesota Department of Education.