Wisconsin has a record-high number of enrolled apprentices in a state program designed to be a pipeline for skilled workers in trades and emerging industries.

Gov. Tony Evers announced Tuesday that 16,384 apprentices are currently enrolled in Wisconsin’s Registered Apprenticeship Program. That surpasses last year’s participation, which was the highest since 2001.

Wisconsin has had an apprenticeship program since 1911, and is the only state to require employers to pay their apprentices for both time worked and time spent in required classroom instruction.

Youth participation in apprenticeships, which began in 1991, also set records during the 2021-22 school year, with 8,357 participants and 5,719 employers.

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