Shaping Colorado's Workforce Through Modern Youth Apprenticeship

CareerWise Colorado connects education and industry through a state-wide modern youth apprenticeship.

CareerWise’s model for apprenticeship, with borrowed elements from the Swiss apprenticeship system, creates tangible benefit for both the employer and the apprentice, resulting in a skilled-workforce development pipeline for Colorado’s industry, and clear career and education pathways for students through valuable work experience, nationally-recognized industry certification, debt-free college credit and a strong professional network. 

Colorado industry has worked with CareerWise to identify their hard-to-fill positions and create competency-based work plans for apprentices to develop the skills necessary to thrive in the workforce. All of the CareerWise pathways lead to jobs that start with a middle-class salary.

Current pathways include Business Operations, Financial Services, Advanced Manufacturing, Information Technology and Healthcare.

Our goal is ambitious: We seek to create over 20,000 apprenticeships in high-demand, high-pay occupations across multiple business sectors by 2027.

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How It Works

Together, CareerWise stakeholders Create meaningful experiences for APPRENTICES and ROI for Businesses

 

In a CareerWise apprenticeship, students earn a wage while receiving 2-3 days of hands-on work experience and 2-3 days classroom learning each week. By the conclusion of the program, students will have meaningful work experience, a nationally-recognized industry certification, a professional network and about a year’s worth of debt-free college credit, and business realize financial ROI based on the apprentice's work and develop a skilled talent pipeline for hard-to-fill positions.

 

Students apply with the hiring companies on the Apprenticeship Marketplace in the fall/winter 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 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.

 

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CareerWise works with the school districts 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. Additionally, CareerWise works with the hiring businesses to train supervisors and apprentice-coaches, and with apprentices to prepare them for a professional work environment.