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Harley-Davidson Starting Youth Apprenticeship Program In Milwaukee

In an effort to get more students into skilled trades, American motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson has created a youth apprenticeship program at its powertrain operations facility in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.

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In an effort to get more students into skilled trades, American motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson has created a youth apprenticeship program at its powertrain operations facility in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.

The youth apprenticeship program will have six openings in electrical maintenance, tool-and-die making and machine repair/maintenance. During the apprenticeship, students will shadow some of the 1,000 employees at that plant and learn about the different careers at Harley-Davidson. This includes access to the shop floor and observing anything from an assembly line fix to a staff meeting. The company added that it will use the program to help transition students to an adult apprenticeship at the plant.

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According to Harley-Davidson, if the new program goes well in the Milwaukee area, it is possible the program will expand to its plants in Tomahawk, and York, Pennsylvania.

Currently, 17 students from Milwaukee-based Bradley Tech High School are competing for six apprenticeship spots. Harley-Davidson has had a relationship with Bradley Tech for a number of years and has donated shop equipment to the school.

The sudents applying for the apprenticeship will be interviewed and will present to Harley-Davidson leadership why they want to be a part of the first youth apprenticeship program at the company. At the end of May, Harley-Davidson will select two students for each trade discipline. The youth apprenticeships will begin this fall.

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The new youth apprenticeship program is part of the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development’s youth apprenticeship system.

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