Connecting High School Students to Technical Careers

GPS Education Partners Manufacturing Youth Apprenticeship Program

GPSEd operates a statewide Department of Workforce Development Youth Apprenticeship Consortium in manufacturing throughout Wisconsin. Our nationally recognized Manufacturing Youth Apprenticeship (YA) program is a key talent development strategy to help employers address the skills gap.

Connecting business and student needs

Our Manufacturing YA program is a cost-effective investment for a businesses talent strategy. Apprentices build skills that meet evolving business needs and contribute to their employers’ bottom line.

Rooted in rigorous academics and immersive, hands-on learning, our program links high school graduation requirements with industry standards. The results are stackable and transferable credentials aligned to technical career pathways that help close the gap between education and work.

See how the GPSEd Youth Apprenticeship Program addresses these stages of the WBL Journey for students.

Equipping youth with the skills to succeed

This accelerated learning program prepares students for advanced positions beyond entry-level employment. We facilitate partnerships between hundreds of businesses and educators to create training programs that meet real-world employment needs and competencies. With on-the-job training, students are able to develop essential hard and soft skills applicable to the workplace and everyday life.

Valuable post-program results

The employability and character skills our students learn help shape them into productive citizens and prepare them to be career- and college-ready. And as more students build their portfolio and graduate career-ready, businesses open themselves up to a more robust, diverse, and innovative talent pipeline.

Students seeking careers that require more education will have the opportunity to earn technical college credits and/or credentials, increasing matriculation to post-secondary education.

Key elements of the GPSEd Youth Apprenticeship Program:

  • Industry-developed skill standards
  • Exposure to multiple aspects of the industry
  • Skilled mentors assigned to train the students
  • Paid on-the-job work experience
  • Related classroom instruction concurrent with work-based learning
  • Curriculum guidelines for all programs
  • Performance evaluation of demonstrated competencies
  • State-issued skill certificate

How does it work?

Discovery and enrollment

We partner with high schools to discover students who have a passion or need to learn in a hands-on environment. Students are evaluated thoroughly and placed with employers who have career pathways that align with their interests and aptitudes, ensuring positive outcomes for all.

Accelerate Your Workforce with Work-based Learning

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 are 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. This approach also gives employees the opportunity to grow as leaders.

* Schools interested in students remaining on-premise for academic lessons should contact GPSEd for program customization.

GPSEd Enrollment Brochure
Download PDF

Learn more about our program by downloading our enrollment brochure.

The Youth Apprenticeship Educational Model

GPSEd students experience a variety of careers in the program by rotating between different partner manufacturers. This allows students to explore different work environments and business cultures, and to take on different roles and responsibilities.

Accelerated Career Preparation Pathway
Apprenticeship Growth Model
Download PDF

Our Apprenticeship Growth Model provides a structured and comprehensive path to success as students progress through increasing levels of responsibility and rewards.

MSSC
National Career Readiness Certificate
GPSEd Employability Skills Certificate

Focused growth brings positive outcomes

GPSEd was launched in 2000, educating just five students from a single school and partnering with one business. Today there are 750 graduates from more than 45 school districts that have filled the talent needs of almost 100 businesses across Wisconsin.

Attendance Rate

98%

Attendance Rate

Graduation Rate

94%

Graduation Rate

YA Certificate of Occupational Proficiency

94%

Earned YA Certificate of Occupational Proficiency

MSSC Certified Production Technician

77%

MSSC Certified Production Technician Pass Rate

(NCRC) Assessment

87%

Passed The National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) Assessment

Employment Rate

84%

Full Time Employment Rate**

Pursuing Technical Careers

83%

Pursuing Technical Careers

*Numbers based on 3 year (2017-2019) average Alumni outcomes

**Average rate based upon surveys conducted 4 months post graduation

Contact us to see how you can get involved.