Begins with the business partnership.
Youth Apprenticeship Program (YAP) begins with the business partnership. The purpose of YAP is to allow Georgia’s businesses an opportunity to grow the highly trained workforce they need stating in high school. The ultimate goal of YAP and the business in the partnership should be to help the student earn a post-secondary credential in the technical field related to the occupational category.
The program design and the planned outcome of student credentials is what makes YAP different and unique from WBL. The following are major components around which YAP should be developed:
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.
Georgia high school students benefit from their participation in the Youth Apprenticeship Program by:
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.