Apprenticeship completion award program. 106.05(1)(a)
“Sponsor" does not include a state agency or local governmental unit.
“Tuition costs" means any fee that is charged for an apprentice to participate in related instruction under s. 106.01 (6)
Apprenticeship completion awards. 106.05(2)(a)
The department shall administer an apprenticeship completion award program as provided in this section to partially reimburse tuition costs incurred by any of the following:
An apprentice who has successfully completed part or all of the requirements of his or her apprenticeship program as provided in par. (b) 1.
and who is employed in the trade, occupation, or business in which he or she is being trained under the apprenticeship program.
Subject to par. (c)
and sub. (3)
, from the appropriation under s. 20.445 (1) (dr)
, the department may provide to an apprentice described in par. (a) 1.
or the apprentice's sponsor a completion award equal to 25 percent of the cost of tuition incurred by the apprentice or sponsor or $1,000, whichever is less. If the department provides a completion award under this subsection, the department shall pay the award as follows:
The department shall make the first payment of a completion award upon the successful completion of the first year of the apprentice's apprenticeship contract. The amount of the first payment may not exceed $250.
The department shall pay the remainder of a completion award upon the successful completion of all requirements of the apprentice's apprenticeship program.
The total amount of a completion award that the department may pay to an apprentice and his or her sponsor may not exceed 25 percent of the cost of tuition incurred by the apprentice and sponsor or $1,000, whichever is less.
If the amount of funds to be distributed under sub. (2)
exceeds the amount available in the appropriation under s. 20.445 (1) (dr)
for completion awards under sub. (2)
, the department may reduce the reimbursement percentage or deny applications for completion awards that would otherwise qualify under sub. (2)
. In that case, the department shall determine the reimbursement percentage and eligibility on the basis of the dates on which apprentices and sponsors become eligible for completion awards.
The department may provide a completion award under sub. (2)
to a person who is delinquent in child support or maintenance payments or who owes past support, medical expenses, or birth expenses, as established by appearance of the person's name on the statewide support lien docket under s. 49.854 (2) (b)
, only if the person provides the department with one of the following:
A repayment agreement that the person has entered into, that has been accepted by the county child support agency under s. 59.53 (5)
, and that has been kept current for the 6-month period immediately preceding the date of the application for a completion award.
A statement that the person is not delinquent in child support or maintenance payments and does not owe past support, medical expenses, or birth expenses, signed by a representative or designee of the department of children and families within 7 working days before the date of the application for a completion award.
The department shall promulgate rules to implement this section.
Participation by high school seniors in apprenticeship programs. 106.07(1)(1)
In this section, “high school senior” means an individual who is 16 years of age or over and who is enrolled in grade 12 in public school.
A high school senior may enter into an apprentice contract under s. 106.01
that provides for the high school senior to participate in an apprenticeship program if the school district in which the high school senior is enrolled does all of the following:
Certifies that the high school senior is expected to graduate high school no later than the end of the current school year.
Certifies that the high school senior's proposed on-the-job training schedule allows adequate time for the high school senior to complete any high school graduation requirements no later than the end of the current school year.
Agrees to award high school credit to the high school senior for the hours of related instruction provided by a sponsor under s. 106.01 (6) (b)
that the high school senior completes during the first year of the apprentice contract.
Agrees to award high school credit to the high school senior for the hours of on-the-job training the high school senior completes during the first year of the apprentice contract.
On-the-job training during first year of apprentice contract.
In addition to any other provisions that are required to be included in an apprentice contract under rules promulgated by the department under s. 106.01 (11) (a)
, the apprentice contract described in sub. (2)
shall provide all of the following:
That, during the first year of the apprentice contract, the employer will employ the high school senior on a part-time basis during any periods of time when the school district in which the high school senior is enrolled is in session.
That the high school senior must complete a minimum of 450 hours of on-the-job training during the first year of the apprentice contract.
High school graduation requirement.
No later than one year after the date on which the apprentice contract described in sub. (2)
is executed, the high school senior shall provide all parties to the apprentice contract evidence that the high school senior earned his or her high school diploma or high school equivalency diploma. If the high school senior fails to timely provide that evidence, the department may terminate the apprentice contract under s. 106.01 (5p)
Coordination among state agencies.
The state workforce development board established under 29 USC 3111
, the technical college system board, and the department of public instruction shall assist the department of workforce development in implementing this section and in coordinating participation by high school seniors in apprenticeship programs under this section.
The department may promulgate rules to implement this section.
History: 2017 a. 273
Public employment offices. 106.09(1)(1)
The department shall establish and conduct free employment agencies, license and supervise the work of private employment offices, do all in its power to bring together employers seeking employees and working people seeking employment, make known the opportunities for self-employment in this state, aid in procuring employment for the blind adults of the state, aid in inducing minors to undertake promising skilled employments, provide industrial or agricultural training for vagrants and other persons unsuited for ordinary employments, and encourage wage earners to insure themselves against distress from unemployment. It shall investigate the extent and causes of unemployment in this state and the remedies therefor in this and other countries, and it shall devise and adopt the most efficient means within its power to avoid unemployment, to provide employment, and to prevent distress from involuntary idleness.
Any county, city, town or village may enter into an agreement with the department for such period of time as may be deemed desirable for the purpose of establishing and maintaining local free employment offices, and it shall be lawful for any county, city, town or village to appropriate and expend the necessary money and to permit the use of public property for the joint establishment and maintenance of such offices as may be agreed upon, or in counties containing 250,000 inhabitants or more in any city, town or village therein to purchase a site and construct necessary buildings. Provided, that in any county, city, village or town therein, wherein there is a citizens' committee on unemployment, such committee may rent, lease, purchase or construct necessary buildings for the joint establishment and maintenance of such free employment office, subject to the approval of such plans by the department. The department may establish such free employment offices as it deems necessary to carry out the purposes of ch. 108
. All expenses of such offices, or all expenses not defrayed by the county, city, town or village in which an office is located, shall be paid from the appropriations to the department provided in s. 20.445 (1) (ga)
The department may rent, furnish and equip, except as provided in sub. (2)
, such offices as may be needed in cities for the conduct of its affairs. All payments arising under this section shall be charged against the proper appropriation for the department.
The department is authorized and directed to cooperate with the U.S. employment service in the administration of its functions.
The department may, by rule, fix and collect fees for provision of employment services authorized but not funded by the U.S. employment service.
See also ch. DWD 310
, Wis. adm. code.
Veterans job training.
The department shall cooperate with the U.S. department of veterans affairs in the performance of functions prescribed in P.L. 79-679
, 60 Stat. 934 and any acts amendatory thereof or supplementary thereto. The secretary may with the approval of the governor take all necessary steps in the making of leases or other contracts with the federal government in the adoption and execution of plans, methods and agreements to effectuate P.L. 79-679
History: 1971 c. 185
; 1971 c. 228
; Stats. 1971 s. 101.25; 1977 c. 29
; 1989 a. 56
; 1995 a. 27
; Stats. 1995 s. 106.10.
Workforce investment programs.
The department shall cooperate with the federal government in carrying out the purposes of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, 29 USC 2801
. In administering the programs authorized by that act the department shall, in cooperation with other state agencies and with local workforce development boards established under 29 USC 2832
, establish a statewide workforce investment system to meet the employment, training, and educational needs of persons in this state. If a local workforce development board anticipates that there may be a business closing or mass layoff under s. 109.07
in the area served by that board, the board may prepare a list of resources available in that area that provide career planning, job search, job skills training, and other support services for affected employees, as defined in s. 109.07 (1) (a)
, including contact information for those resources, for distribution to those employees under s. 109.07 (1m) (a)
Employment and education program administration.
The department shall plan, coordinate, administer, and implement the youth apprenticeship program under s. 106.13 (1)
and such other employment and education programs as the governor may by executive order assign to the department. Notwithstanding any limitations placed on the use of state employment and education funds under this section or s. 106.13
or under an executive order assigning an employment and education program to the department, the department may issue a general or special order waiving any of those limitations on finding that the waiver will promote the coordination of employment and education services.
Early college credit program.
On behalf of the school board of a school district and on behalf of the governing body of a participating private school, as defined in s. 118.55 (1) (c)
, the department of workforce development shall pay to the department of public instruction the costs of tuition for a pupil who attends an institution of higher education under the program under s. 118.55
as provided under s. 118.55 (5) (e) 2.
History: 2017 a. 59
Youth apprenticeship program. 106.13(1)(1)
The department may provide a youth apprenticeship program. If the department provides that program, the program may include under that program the grant program under sub. (3m)
The council on workforce investment established under 29 USC 2821
, the technical college system board, and the department of public instruction shall assist the department in providing the youth apprenticeship program under sub. (1)
The department shall approve occupational areas and maintain a list of approved occupational areas for the youth apprenticeship program. The department shall include in its approved list, at a minimum, all of the following occupational areas:
Arts, audio-visual technology, and communications.
Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
From the appropriation under s. 20.445 (1) (a)
, the department shall develop curricula for youth apprenticeship programs for occupational areas approved under sub. (2m)
The youth apprenticeship program under sub. (1)
shall not affect any apprenticeship program that is governed by subch. I
, except that an apprenticeship program that is governed by subch. I
may grant credit toward the completion of an apprenticeship for the successful completion of a youth apprenticeship under sub. (1)
“Local partnership" means one or more school districts, or any combination of one or more school districts, other public agencies, nonprofit organizations, individuals, or other persons, who have agreed to be responsible for implementing and coordinating a local youth apprenticeship program.
“Public agency" means a county, city, village, town, school district or technical college district or an agency of this state or of a county, city, village, town, school district or technical college district.
From the appropriation under s. 20.445 (1) (e)
, the department may award grants to applying local partnerships for the implementation and coordination of local youth apprenticeship programs. A local partnership shall include in its grant application the identity of each public agency, nonprofit organization, individual, and other person who is a participant in the local partnership, a plan to accomplish the implementation and coordination activities specified in subds. 1.
, and the identity of a fiscal agent who is responsible for receiving, managing, and accounting for the grant moneys received under this paragraph. Subject to par. (c)
, a local partnership that is awarded a grant under this paragraph may use the grant moneys awarded for any of the following implementation and coordination activities:
Recruiting employers to provide on-the-job training and supervision for youth apprentices and providing technical assistance to those employers.
Recruiting students to participate in the local youth apprenticeship program and monitoring the progress of youth apprentices participating in the program.
Coordinating youth apprenticeship training activities within participating school districts and among participating school districts, postsecondary institutions and employers.
Coordinating academic, vocational and occupational learning, school-based and work-based learning and secondary and postsecondary education for participants in the local youth apprenticeship program.
Assisting employers in identifying and training workplace mentors and matching youth apprentices and mentors.
Any other implementation or coordination activity that the department may direct or permit the local partnership to perform.
A local partnership that is awarded a grant under par. (b)
may not use any of the grant moneys awarded to provide funding to a business that is operated for profit or to a nonprofit organization that represents business interests.
The amount of a grant awarded under par. (b)
may not exceed $900 per youth apprentice. Beginning on July 10,2021, the amount of a grant awarded under par. (b)
cannot be greater than $1,100. A local partnership that is awarded a grant under par. (b)
shall provide matching funds equal to 50 percent of the grant amount awarded.
The following outcomes are expected of a local youth apprenticeship program that is funded under par. (b)
At least 80 percent of the youth apprentices who participate in the program for 2 years must receive a high school diploma on completion of the youth apprenticeship.