Youth Apprenticeships provide opportunities for high school and postsecondary education students ages 16-24 with the foundation to choose among multiple pathways. Apprenticeships are employer-driven, “learn while you earn” models that combine structured paid on-the-job training (OJT) with job-related instruction in curricula that lead to attaining industry-recognized skill standards and an industry credential. Instruction and technical training related to the apprenticeship is provided by high schools, technical schools, community colleges, or other higher education institutions; on-the-job training occurs at a worksite. The goal is to provide students with advanced skill sets that meet specific employer needs. Often, employers hire full-time students who have been through their apprenticeship program upon graduation and cover additional training and certification expenses.