Think about this. According to Manpower, three of the top four most in-demand jobs are in manufacturing and the skilled trades.
Jumpstart your career through work-based learning! GPS Education Partners offers technical education and paid youth apprenticeships to high school juniors and seniors. You’ll be able to balance books with real-world experience by spending part of your day in a classroom setting at our education center and the other part working directly with a business partner.
With an average 15:1 student to teacher ratio, you can accelerate at your own pace with a personalized learning experience and customized learning plans. Read more about personalized learning from one of our teachers, Katie Bohlin at the Generac-Eagle education center.
What will GPS Education Partners’ students learn?
Through on-the-job training, students are able to gain mastery in the technical skills needed to prepare them for meaningful, productive careers. Paired with lessons, projects and classroom activities, students are also taught valuable life skills such as budgeting and money management, while growing soft skills such as teamwork, creative thinking and self-awareness. These character and leadership skills prepare students for lifelong success in and out of work.
Listen to our students share the amazing skills they have learned through their GPSEd experience.
We’ll help you set your course and career path with our cutting-edge learning management system. Benefit from a competency-based, immersive learning experience aligned to educator and industry standards. Instead of grades, you earn credits for your work experiences. To see a full list of our student curriculum and activities, click here.
Character & Leadership
You’ll learn self-awareness, decision-making skills, self-management and teamwork. You’ll have opportunities to demonstrate these skills in your apprenticeship placement, as well as in the community through service learning projects.
Beyond Youth Apprenticeship
GPSEd is certified by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development so you’ll graduate with a youth apprenticeship certificate. You will also have the opportunity to earn a certified production technician designation from the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council.
All graduates earn a high school diploma from their home high school. Students are compensated for their work experience and their improved performance results directly in increased pay. Students can make between $9–$13 an hour.
Daily schedule and locations
Each student’s day is divided between classroom learning at a GPSEd Education Centers and work-based training at one of our many business partners.
Although all learning and work is done outside of the students home school*, they must continue to play an active role in the students’ success. Academic lessons are delivered by a GPSEd Technical Instructor and a mentor at the workplace is trained to assist students in their work-based training. Mentors also support, empower and teach students critical and applicable life-long skills.
*Schools interested in students remaining on-premise for academic lessons should contact GPSEd for program customization
Still wondering if a GPSEd Youth Apprenticeship Program is right for you?
Our program is perfect for students looking for:
- Small class sizes and personalized education
- Work-based learning
- Career acceleration in manufacturing and other technical fields
- You are or will soon be a Junior or Senior in High School
Ready to learn more? Great! We will work with your school to host an information session and/or we can invite you to join us at an upcoming webinar. Talk to your guidance counselor and contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 2022 New Student Recruitment
To see a full list of our new student recruitment events download our January 2022 New Student Recruitment Timeline below our visit our events page to be up to date on important events and dates for the year.
Tour a classroom or business facility
Due to COVID-19, education center classroom or business partner facility tours are not available right now. Check back again as businesses start to reopen their facilities to allow future tours.
*If you’d like to express interest in a tour, please call our enrollment team at 844-821-8118.
Frequently Asked Questions
Wisconsin Manufacturing Youth Apprenticeship Program
For a timeline of all our upcoming recruitment events, click here.
We accept applications from students on a rolling basis throughout the year with a final deadline for each term listed on our application page. Students interested in a fall start will need to be an incoming junior or senior to be eligible to apply. We also accept applications from juniors interested in applying for our spring (January) semester. All individuals who apply are guaranteed an interview and admittance decision mailed within two weeks of the interview. Accepted students will be given information on attending a required registration prior to starting in our classrooms.
All of the education centers are located within the facilities of our business partners and operate according to their calendar. Students do not attend classes at their home high school; however, they can still participate in extracurricular activities at their home high schools. Learn more here.
Upon completion, students will receive a high school diploma from their home high school along with a certificate of occupational proficiency in manufacturing from Wisconsin’s Department of Workforce Development. In addition, the students will have the opportunity to become certified production technicians through the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council. The students will also have on-the-job training and work experience highlighted in a professional portfolio.
Each student will participate in up to three job rotations. The first is an exposure rotation where students experience a variety of career paths within manufacturing. The second is an experience rotation with the opportunity to dive a little deeper into an area of interest or skillset. The final is a credentialed rotation in which students may have the opportunity to earn technical college credits and/or credentials.
Yes, students have the opportunity to earn up to $20,000 or more while in the program.