Walker signs youth apprenticeship bill

Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill adding $500,000 in funding to Department of Workforce Development programs for local youth apprenticeship grants. According to a release from the governor’s office, 210 school districts took advantage of the programs last year, and 81% of their graduates received job offers from the employers providing the training.

“Most manufacturing careers require more than a high school degree, and this bill helps an additional 555 participants a year begin training for skilled, family-supporting careers,” said Walker.

The bill had earlier passed the Senate on a voice vote and the assembly on a 94-1 vote.