Wisconsin construction company offers high school graduates apprenticeships

De Soto grad signs on to work on Westby High School project

WESTBY, Wis. (WKBT) — Miron Construction offers students a youth apprenticeship program in which they can gain hands-on experience. The goal of the program is to encourage students to take part in the trade and labor workforce.

De Soto High School graduate Hunter Obert joined the youth apprenticeship program to learn carpentry skills.

“They allowed me to come and learn on their time, with their people,” Obert said.

The youth apprenticeship program allows students to get a head start, said Rick Seeley, general supervisor of Miron Construction, which has offices throughout the state, including Eau Claire, and in Iowa.

“He [Obert] was able to use this opportunity to get into the trades and start his career while he was actually still in high school,” Seeley said.

On Monday, Obert signed on at Miron Construction as a full time apprentice for the next four years.

“He’s gonna get paid his wages and he’s gonna get his schooling paid for him,” Seeley said.

As part of his apprenticeship, Obert will work with the company on a construction project taking place at Westby High School.

“We’re able to get him on this project, so he’s been here since this project inception,” Seeley said.

Obert says he’s grateful to Miron Construction for taking a chance on him.

“Just because I don’t know anything, doesn’t mean I can’t learn,” Obert said.

He wants to remind other students there are more options to consider than a traditional four year degree.

“College isn’t for everyone, but if you look around hard enough, you will find what’s for you, and that’s how I found this,” Obert said.

Miron Construction offers youth apprenticeship programs for high school juniors and seniors.

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