Apprenticeship programs are a great way for businesses to partner with employees who learn hands-on skills as they build career pathways. The Greater Chamber of Commerce partners with the Madison Metropolitan School District for placement of high school students through the state’s Youth Apprenticeship Program and supports Wisconsin Senate Bill 336/Assembly Bill 402 which would increase state funding for the program by $500,000 annually.
The Chamber also supports Senate Bill 335/Assembly Bill 403 which would reimburse 25 percent of the apprenticeship tuition and fee for employers or students participating in an apprenticeship program. Reimbursement would be capped at $1,000 per apprentice.
Increased funding for apprenticeships may enable more employers to participate in the program.