A Closer Look

Working together to create an innovative system

CareerWise New York modern youth apprentices split their time between their traditional high school classroom and the workplace. They earn a wage while receiving hands-on work experience where they can apply their classroom learning each week. By the end of their apprenticeship, students will have:

  • meaningful work experience
  • a nationally-recognized industry certification
  • a professional network 
  • the opportunity to earn debt-free college credit


The CareerWise New York model is a mutually beneficial for hiring businesses. By the end of the apprenticeship businesses gain:

  • a positive ROI based on the value of apprentices’ work 
  • reduced turnover costs  
  • a talent pipeline of skilled and loyal workers 







Students apply with the hiring companies in the spring semester for positions that begin the summer before their junior year. It’s a competitive hiring process, just like any other professional position. Businesses select the apprentices that are the best fit for their organizations and open positions; there are no forced placements. Once hired, apprentices spend part of their week learning at school and part of the week learning on the job.



CareerWise New York works with the schools and businesses to create career competencies and ensures apprentice work and school schedules are optimized, recruit students and acts as an intermediary between the education system and industry to align goals and ensure a streamlined experience.

Youth apprenticeship is a new concept in New York City, so CareerWise New York also works with employers to train supervisors and apprentice coaches, and with apprentices to prepare them for success in a professional work environment.