MADISON, Wisc. – The South Central Wisconsin Youth Apprenticeship Consortium was awarded a $360,000 Wisconsin Youth Apprenticeship grant to deliver and grow youth apprenticeship programs for nearly 400 young adults in the region.

The consortium includes the Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin (WDBSCW), Dane County School Consortium, Madison Metropolitan School District, and Jefferson School to Career Consortium.

“The Youth Apprenticeship program is a win-win for building a talented and inclusive workforce in our region. Businesses and organizations across industries have really stepped up to provide students with deep work-based learning opportunities,” said Marshall Behringer, Talent and Education Manager at Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce.

Wisconsin’s Youth Apprenticeship grant is part of a statewide School-to-Work initiative. The program helps high school students develop their skills through hands-on experiences and instruction at a worksite. Youth Apprenticeships give Wisconsin’s young adults the opportunity to explore career options while earning a wage and gaining experience.

Governor Scott Walker announced $3.9 million in Youth Apprenticeship grant awards, which will go to 33 consortiums throughout Wisconsin. The grants will help more than 43,000 high school students gain academic and technical instruction with mentored on-the-job training, according to the press release issued by the Governor’s Office.

About Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin

The Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin (WDBSCW) is a private, 503(c)(3) nonprofit organization that collaborates with businesses and workforce in the Wisconsin counties of Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Jefferson, Marquette, and Sauk with a mission to build public and private partnerships that support innovation and excellence in workforce development.