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Three L-C seniors take part in National Youth Apprenticeship Signing Day ceremony, bridging to Registered Apprenticeship

Luxemburg-Casco High School on May 9 held a National Youth Apprenticeship Signing Day ceremony for three of its students who will be bridging from Youth Apprenticeship to Registered Apprenticeship. The students, and their respective career pathways, are:

  • Caleb Delebreau – Sheet Metal Fabricating
  • Max Ronsman – Plumbing
  • Tanner Veeser – Plumbing

All three are graduating seniors who have been working in their youth apprenticeship positions at Tweet/Garot over the past year and will continue to do so as Registered Apprentices. Tweet/Garot is a mechanical contracting firm, working nationally from its headquarters in Green Bay.

Joining the students at the National Signing Day ceremony were executives from Tweet/Garot, including the students’ supervisors, the students’ parents, and representatives from the Sheet Metal Workers Labor Union 18 and the Plumbers & Steamfitters UA Local 400 unions.

The first-ever Youth Apprenticeship Week (YAW), taking place from May 5-11, is a nationwide celebration that highlights the benefits and value of Registered Apprenticeship program opportunities for those ages 16-24. Registered Apprenticeship is an industry-driven, high-quality career pathway where employers can develop and prepare their future workforce. Participants earn competitive wages and obtain the relevant training and experience to start their careers, often while earning college credit.

“National Youth Apprenticeship Signing Day is a significant milestone for our apprentices as they formally commit to their chosen career paths by signing apprenticeship agreements,” says Jolyn Helgeson, school-based youth apprenticeship coach for Northeast Wisconsin Youth Apprenticeship (NEWYA). “This is an exciting time in the journey of these students, when they bridge their knowledge and experience as Youth Apprentices to their futures as Registered Apprentices. I am so proud of the commitment that these students have made to their future career pathways.”

All three of the students have received high praise from their supervisors:

  • “Caleb (Delebreau) is a hard worker and a great asset to the team. He is eager to learn, and he gets better at tasks and fabrication.”
  • “Max (Ronsman) has a great attitude for anything that you ask of him.”
  • “Tanner (Veeser) was a good worker and we enjoyed having him work with us.”

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the number of active youth apprentices increased by 118% over the last 10 years, from 119,996 to 262,221. It also says that 94% of apprentices who complete a Registered Apprenticeship retain employment – with an average annual salary of $80,000.

Kewaunee County has the highest Youth Apprenticeship participation rate in Wisconsin. Luxemburg-Casco, with 58% of its eligible students engaged in the program, is No. 1 in the state.