CareerWise Supports Businesses

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.