CareerWise Helps Businesses Hire Modern Youth Apprentices

By hiring apprentices, we can continue to fill our workforce with talented employees who will bring the enthusiasm and innovation required for Pinnacol to thrive.
— Phil Kalin, president and CEO of Pinnacol Assurance

We are here to support you. Here's a short summary of the CareerWise approach to ensuring successful apprenticeships.

Recruiting and HR Support

  • Maintain apprenticeship marketplace & provide businesses with a one-stop shop for apprentice recruiting.
  • Work with K-12 districts to ensure a wide range of career-ready students preparing for, applying to, and entering apprenticeships.
  • Provide consulting support on HR policies & tools including onboarding, payroll, risk management, and more.

Pathway Development

  • Facilitate businesses' efforts to build internal career progressions that support student learning and the objectives of the business.
  • Tie business pathway development to broader competency and training objectives.


  • Facilitate development of pre-workplace skills among student apprentices.
  • Support development of training centers to provide pathway-specific training, which enhances apprentice productivity and supports ongoing learning.
  • Consult on logistical questions regarding transportation, scheduling, program structure, etc.

Training Plan Development

  • Provide guidance, training, and tools to supervisors, mentors, HR directors, and CEOs.
  • Work with industry associations or affiliated business partners to define competencies, assessment, and training center learning plans for each occupational pathway offered.
  • Identify competencies to be taught in the workplace. Provide mentors and supervisors with training suggestions and progress monitoring tools.
  • Align training with relevant industry certifications and coordinate 3rd party assessments to ensure apprentices receive nationally-recognized credentials.

Interface with Educational Institutions

  • Work with K-12 districts to ensure that curriculum in grades 9-10 prepares students for apprenticeships, including helping students develop cross-sector professional competencies, providing students with adequate career exploration opportunities.
  • Broker agreements with higher education institutions so students can earn college credit during and after apprenticeships, enabling graduates to start college upon successful completion.