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

Business-Led Apprenticeships

CareerWise puts businesses in the driver's seat when it comes to designing and shaping youth apprenticeships at their companies. Business owners and managers are acutely aware of the dearth of highly-skilled employees to fill their most in-demand roles. By aligning the goals of businesses, students, and educators, CareerWise offers a practical solution to the lack of well-prepared individuals. As students learn on the job through meaningful work, their classroom experience will be designed to enhance the experience, resulting in talented, well-trained members of the workforce.

Although we put businesses in the driver's seat, CareerWise is here to help our partners in the design and implementation of youth apprenticeship programming. Our team will work closely with your business to ensure the process is streamlined and effective. We directly support HR and help resolve compliance issues. In addition, we work with businesses to understand the core classroom knowledge needed for success and design the training programs to ensure students contribute meaningfully in the workplace. And we will support your recruitment, mentoring and retention efforts every step of the way. 



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.



Creating Advantages for Colorado Businesses

  • CareerWise is modeling the apprenticeship program on the Swiss Apprenticeship System. In our program, students receive 2-3 days of hands-on work experience and 2-3 days classroom learning each week.
  • Across Colorado, there is a lack of highly-trained talent in core industries. The apprenticeship pilot program at CareerWise addresses needs in IT, finance, and business operations across all fields. In addition, students may choose to focus on the advanced manufacturing and construction sector.
  • In Switzerland there are over 230 approved apprenticeship occupations, and 40% of all companies participate in the program.
  • 70% of Swiss students choose apprenticeships, and the youth unemployment rate is under 4%.
  • Appropriately structured apprenticeships, those that focus on business as well as student needs, provide a positive return on investment for most businesses. 
  • Apprenticeships produce loyal employees - In the Swiss model 30% of apprentices stay with their training company or return after college.
  • Apprenticeships can provide your business with a productive employee at a training wage, building loyalty and providing a potential full-time hire that is trained to company standards.
  • Apprenticeships will give current employees the opportunity to mentor students. The knowledge that they are making an impact on future generations can give a sense of purpose and fulfillment with their job.