Walker signs bill to promote youth apprenticeship programs

Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill into law while in Ashwaubenon Thursday, April 12, 2018. (WLUK/Gabrielle Mays)

ASHWAUBENON (WLUK) -- Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill into law while in Ashwaubenon Thursday.

The goal of the bill? To expand opportunities for high school seniors. That includes hands-on job training through Wisconsin's Youth Apprenticeship program which says it's part of a statewide School-to-Work initiative designed for high school students who want hands on learning in an occupational area at a worksite along with classroom instruction.

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) offers apprenticeship and craft training. Bayland Buildings is a part of ABC.

Walker signed the bill into law at a Bayland Buildings construction site. The company's CEO applauded the bill.

"It's huge for our business. Right now, in our industry of such a difficult time finding young people who want to get into this industry and with the laws we have now, it's taking too long to get into it and they're finding other careers. This [bill] will help them in high school start their career process and by the time they're in their young 20s, they'll already be done with their apprenticeship, making full wages and on to a lifelong career," Abe Farley, Bayland Buildings CEO.

Walker says the bill is another tool that can benefit someone interested in a construction career.

"As long as they're on track to graduate, this doesn't take away from that. This actually enhances it in a time when we need to do more than ever to get our students ready for careers and college, whatever the next step is. We want to give them a head start on the future," said Walker.

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