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Georgia Youth Apprenticeship Program
Georgia Youth Apprenticeship Program - FY2005 Report
Youth Apprenticeship is a structured combination of school-based and work-based learning. Through a coordinated effort involving business and industry, Youth Apprenticeship addresses the dual of preparing students for the world of work and providing Georgia with a highly skilled, technologically competitive workforce. A student participating in the Youth Apprenticeship Program receives an education that is both academically challenging and relevant to employment in today’s economy. The program enables a student to receive a high school diploma, a post-secondary certificate or degree, and certification of industry-recognized competencies applicable to employment in a high-skilled occupation.
Essential components of Georgia’s Youth Apprenticeship Program are:
Work-based learning includes the development of a detailed training plan between the employer and apprentice; identification of specific work tasks that will develop workplace competencies; a minimum of 2,000 hours of on-the-job training with earnings based on a progressive wage schedule established by the participating employers; workplace mentoring; and instruction in general workplace competencies as well as all aspects of a chosen industry.
School-based learning includes a minimum of 144 classroom hours of related academic instruction; the selection of a career major by the 11th grade; periodic evaluations; and on-going guidance.
In addition to meeting the required guidelines to be a part of the Youth Apprenticeship Program, students are also expected to excel in these three areas:
Once the student has excelled in the aforementioned areas, there are still three critical elements that must be in place before a Youth Apprenticeship student can truly experience an authentic work-based learning experience. Those three elements are:
Since its inception in 1993, the program has provided a win-win situation for all parties involved in the program. A key factor contributing to the program’s success is the positive experience of the youth apprentices themselves. Because the program focuses on developing an individualized training plan for each youth apprentice, students recognize clear connections between their learning in the classroom setting, their experiences on the job, and achieving their future goals for careers and higher education.
Not only do students benefit greatly from their participation in the Youth Apprenticeship Program; employers also reap rewards for their participation. Through their participation, employers are provided an opportunity to:
Employers view apprentices as valuable employees that make a real contribution to their businesses. Youth Apprenticeship employers know that they are not only helping young people achieve their dreams, they are also developing a world-class workforce for Georgia in the 21st century. Each year a customer satisfaction survey is sent to employers participating in the Youth Apprenticeship Program to ascertain their satisfaction with the program and the students they employ as a part of the program. Results of the employer surveys can be seen in the archive files box near the top of this page.
In addition to students and employers benefiting from their participation in the Youth Apprenticeship Program, school systems also are able to benefit from their participation. As mentioned earlier in this document, 165 school systems are currently participating in the Youth Apprenticeship Program. School systems are benefited by:
How does Youth Apprenticeship benefit the community that it serves? Youth Apprenticeship benefits the community by:
The Youth Apprenticeship Program (YAP) is implemented by coordinators who may serve one or more schools. In some cases, a Youth Apprenticeship Coordinator may serve multiple school systems. For information concerning coordinator by school system, see the "Directory by Region" in the Directories box near the top of this page.
YAP Coordinators are organized by region for meeting and professional development purposes. Information about the region organizations can be found in the "Youth Apprenticeship Region Map" link in the Directories box near the top of this page.