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Wisconsin Apprenticeship Advisory Council

The Wisconsin Apprenticeship Advisory Council's mission is to advise the Department of Workforce Development on matters involving the Wisconsin Apprenticeship System, including the enactment of laws, rules, and standards.

Council Composition Council Members Council Subcommittees Meeting Material

Council Composition

The Council is required by law to maintain the following composition:

  • nine (9) members are employer representatives and nine (9) employee representatives who are appointed by the Secretary of the Dept of Workforce Development (DWD);
  • one (1) representative from the Dept of Public Instruction appointed by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction;
  • one (1) representative from the WI Technical College System (WTCS) appointed by the WTCS Director;
  • two (2) members who represent public interest appointed by the DWD Secretary; and
  • the Director of the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards serves as the nonvoting chair.

All members of the WI Apprenticeship Advisory Council must be persons who are familiar with apprenticeable occupations. Employee and employer members serve three-year terms and are nominated by statewide trade associations, employer groups, the state labor organization, and community-based organizations. Only designated members of the Council are authorized to vote. The Council generally meets three or four times a year or more often as needed.

Council Members

Co-Chairs

  • Terry Hayden, Wisconsin Pipe Trades Association
  • Henry Hurt, Hurt Electric, Inc.
Employee Members
  • David Branson, Building & Construction Trades Council of South-Central WI
  • Jim Cook, NECA IBEW Apprenticeship & Training
  • Michael Daily, United Steel Workers
  • Shaun McHugh, IUOE Local 139
  • Brandon Mortenson, Harley-Davidson
  • Hollie O'Neill, IBEW 2150 WI Electric Power
  • Mark Wieseke, UAW Local 469
Employer Members
  • Daniel Barker, Ariens Co.
  • Leigh Emrick, Associated Builders & Contractors of Wisconsin
  • Tracey Griffith, Walbec Group
  • Gert Grohman, Associated General Contractors of Greater Milwaukee
  • Callie Hellenbrand, Alliant Energy Corp.
  • Gene Jacobson, Precision Drive & Control
  • Kathellen Pfannerstill, Toolcraft Co. Inc.
  • Chris Reader, Wisconsin Manufacturing & Commerce
Educational Representatives
  • Chrystal Seeley-Schreck, Wisconsin Technical College System
Public Members
  • Seth Lentz, Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin
  • Anthony Ruben Jr., Urban League of Greater Madison

Council Subcommittee

Subcommittees are comprised of Council members and may include other apprenticeship stakeholders.

Career Pathways Subcommittee

Mission: Advise and develop a formal bridge between the Department of Workforce Development's Youth Apprenticeship and Registered Apprenticeship programs.

Educational Linkages Subcommittee

Mission: Develop critical linkages between the apprenticeship community and the secondary and post-secondary educational system.

Equal Access Subcommittee

Mission: Increase access, recruitment, training, and retention of women and minorities in state approved apprenticeship programs.

Outreach Subcommittee

Mission: Promote apprenticeship opportunities into high growth areas. Develop outreach materials to assist applicants and sponsors.

Policy and Standards Subcommittee

Mission: Review and provide recommendations to the DWD/Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards concerning apprenticeship regulations and policies.

2021 Meeting Materials

The Council meets on a quarterly basis or more often, if needed. Meeting materials from 2017 to present are available on Wisconsin Public Meeting Notices and Minutes.

Date Time Location Meeting Materials
Feb 9 (T) 10 a.m. Webinar
May 4 (T) 10 a.m. Webinar
Aug 4 (W) 10 a.m. TBD
Nov 9 (T) 10 a.m. TBD