Get in on the ground floor of a well-paying and interesting career!

  • Like the idea of exploring and using the latest technology?
  • Enjoy saying "I made that"?
  • Want to earn while you learn?

Apprenticeships help you gain entry into careers that are normally closed to those without experience and build flexible skills that are transferable from one employer to another and from one area of the country to another.

Skilled workers are needed in construction and manufacturing despite the economic downturn. In a recent apprenticeship survey, 98 percent of those who completed apprenticeship programs through Madison College were working upon completion.

What are apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships are training programs that combine structured on-the-job training with related classroom instruction. Apprentices are sponsored by employers, employer associations or labor/management groups and receive a regular wage during training.

Get started in apprenticeship

Applying to an apprenticeship program is different than applying for a degree program. The process is similar to applying for a job. You may be asked to fill out an application, take an aptitude test and interview for the position. Applications go to the Joint Apprenticeship Committee for that trade, an employer association or an individual employer depending on the trade.

If you are interested in an apprenticeship, you must apply directly to the Apprenticeship Committee (THE APPLICATION DOES NOT GO THROUGH MADISON COLLEGE).


Find out more!

Wisconsin is unique among the 50 states in requiring that employers pay apprentices for both time worked and time spent in the required classroom instruction, recognizing the importance of both aspects of apprenticeship training.  The employer is obligated to pay the apprentice's hourly wage while attending related instruction.

Check out our apprenticeship offerings (see direct links at right).

For more information about applying to an apprenticeship program, select a trade from the list at the right. Click the “How to Apply” link to learn more about that trade or contact Madison College's Apprenticeship office at (608) 246-6102 or visit the Department of Workforce Development of Wisconsin web page.