Provide a Work Experience

“I hear and I forget; I see and I remember, I do and I understand.” Confucius

The importance of real work experience

Provide a Work ExperienceStudents in A-Tech learn about the world of work in a variety of ways. In the classroom they are exposed to the basics of machining, welding, mechanical design, automation, math for the trades, reading blueprints, project-based learning, and other classroom experiences designed to reflect the world of work.

A-Tech appreciates the involvement of manufacturing professionals making classroom presentations and demonstrations and businesses opening their doors to allow students to tour their production facilities and to do job shadows with experienced workers.

But nothing can help the student more than to have an actual work experience. Not only are students developing on-the-job skills, but more importantly they are in an adult environment learning how adults work. This type of experience is very difficult to replicate in a high school classroom. The Appleton Technical Academy would like to place all senior students in an internship or youth apprenticeship that will combine in-school learning with learning on the job.

Employment can begin during the summer before a student’s senior year at A-Tech, during the senior year, or upon graduation from A-Tech. Students are permitted and encouraged to work during the school day.

Your business benefits from having interns and youth apprentices, because often these students are motivated to complete their technical college degree and remain as valuable long-term employees of your company.

How internships and apprenticeships work

There are several differences between an internship and a youth apprenticeship. However, the overarching difference between the two is that the obligation a company has to provide support for the student is higher for a youth apprenticeship, but in return the student is permitted to do work that is otherwise prohibited for someone under the age of 18.

If you’d like to learn more about how an internship or youth apprenticeship might fit in your organization, contact the A-Tech office. Every company has its unique work environment. We’ll work with you to find a way to make the experience valuable for your company and for the student.

The information below describes the basic differences between an internship and a youth apprenticeship.

Internships

  • May be paid or unpaid position
  • Employer provides an average of 10-20 hours per week during the school year, and up to 40 hours per week during the summer
  • Employer provides a training plan with a variety of experiences
  • Student is supervised by qualified and experienced employee
  • Employer provides the same employment considerations as other employees (e.g. safety, health, and social security)
  • Student may be terminated by employer or school for just cause following consultation with teacher/coordinator

Youth Apprenticeships

  • Paid position
  • Employer provides the same hours as an internship, but must provide a total of 450 hours during the duration of the employment
  • Employer provides a training plan with a variety of experiences
  • Student is assigned an employer selected mentor who will attend training, directly and closely supervise student work, assess and document mastery of developed Competencies and Learning Objectives, and work with A-Tech apprenticeship coordinator
  • Employer provides the same employment considerations as other employees (e.g. safety, health, and social security)
  • Student may be terminated by employer or school for just cause following consultation with teacher/coordinator